This was part of the statement made by President Duterte when he addressed the Filipino community in Myanmar last Sunday, March 19, 2017, which have greatly disappointed the Filipino LGBT community who were hoping that he will fulfill the promise he made during the election campaign.
First of all, Mr. President, when you represented your office and the country as you addressed the Filipino community in Myanmar, you also do not represent any particular religion. The Philippines does not have a state religion. Saying "we are Catholics" is a claim that the Philippines as a country is Catholic as a whole, which in itself is a discrimination against the various religious practices and the absence of religious beliefs. It is clear from our Constitution (Article II, Section 6) that the separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.
Also, claiming that the "LGBT culture" is a separate entity ("'Yan ang kultura nila. Kayo lang.") promotes isolation, instead of propagating an inclusive society where there is a safe space for everyone of various gender norms and expressions. Apparently, the President is in need of SOGIE seminar and learn that he should not discriminate based on biological sex. And by saying ""Saan ka pinuwinesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang. Huwag mong haluin kaming lahat," Duterte further promotes exclusion based on a religious belief. Which god is it that you are referring to, Mr. President? The Catholic god? What made you think he is the one true god? Does the Islamic god think the same? How about the thousands of Hindu gods? What made you think that your version of Catholic god should be the one followed by the whole country?
I feel sorry for my LGBT friends who have held their hopes high upon the election of Rodrigo Duterte as President. Some may have compromised non-negotiables (I'm looking at you, Representative Geraldine Roman and your vote for the Death Penalty). Unfortunately, I think this won't be the last time that he'll change his stand on important issues. The only issues perhaps that he made a firm stand are on the issues of Death Penalty, Drugs, and Marcos burial.
President Duterte campaigned on the promises of bringing "change" to the Filipino people and I understand how some have been easily swayed by such a promise. Duterte, in his crassness, possess a certain charm and can easily persuade. And due to years of poverty and suffering under the administration of many presidents, Filipinos are tired of the usual crop of politicians and Duterte was able to present himself as a fresh choice.
I think, by this time, Filipinos should realize that the change we wanted will never come from a messiah. We should make these changes ourselves and never pledge loyalty to just one person. Things can go downhill fast and desperation can ensue. But we should never compromise and sacrifice our humanity for promises that are too good to be true.