MANILA, Philippines — After Ifugao Rep. Teodoro Brawner Baguilat Jr., one of the authors of the Anti-Racial, Ethnic and Anti-Religious Discrimination Act of 2011 (or Anti-Discrimination bill), revealed that Senator Vicente Sotto was one of the few senators pushing for the exclusion of the lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBTs) provisions in the bicameral bill; the comedian-turned-politician-turned-comedian invited media people yesterday to a press conference to air his side.
“My reason for objecting the LBGT provision goes very deep into my life, one that has affected me when I was young,” said Sotto. “It actually started when I entered showbiz during the late 70’s. At that time I was auditioning for a role in a TV show but for some strange reason, this gay casting director, named Diane, wanted me to portray gay roles instead.”
The senator revealed that the casting director even wanted to give him the screen name Tita Sotto, to which he felt insulted and rejected the project altogether.
“Kalalake kong tao at bigotilyo pa, pero gusto niya ang gagampanan ko ay uri nila? Ano siya, baliw (I’m such a masculine person, what with these mustache, but still he wanted me to portray one of their kind? Is he nuts)!?”
When Sotto got a break to portray one of the students in Iskul Bukol, he made sure to drive the point across to Diane, and made his onscreen character’s name the same as his screen name, hence he played Tito Escalera in the said show.
“Dala-dala ko ang galit na ‘yan, galit sa kanyang ka-uri, hangang sa naging Vice Mayor ako ng Quezon City at naging Senador (I carried that anger, anger towards his kind, until I became Vice Mayor of Quezon City & became a Senator).” He says that the trauma he felt before still feels fresh 35 years later.
“I cry at night when I remember the harrowing ordeal I went through during that audition.”
At this point, tears could be seen in the Senator’s eyes.
“That is why I want to send a lesson to the many lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders around the country by removing their kind, their provisions from the bill,” said Sotto with a clenched fist.
“Many could attest to the negative effects of these gay casting directors to their careers. Senator Lapid revealed to me candidly the other day that he was also a victim of casting directors similar to Diane when he was auditioning for the movie Mrs. Eva Fonda, 16. He was just trying to get a minor role in the movie but was offered to portray the titular character instead. Luckily for him, Alma Moreno dropped by the auditions and the role eventually was given to her,” revealed Sotto.
Lapid went on to portray manlier roles in movies such as Leon Guerrero, Macho Gigolo, Magno Barumbado, Julian Vaquero, Pedro Tunasan, and Isaac…Dugo ni Abraham among others.
“The title of these movies alone could sends shivers down one’s spine,” quipped Sotto.
After the press conference, he went to the Senate Hall to deliver his privilege speech regarding the plagiarism issue that has hounded his political career a few weeks ago.
Not to be outdone by newly appointed Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who is the first female Chief Justice to lead the judiciary; Sotto went on to proclaim himself as the first ever senator to be “cyberbullied”.