It comes about after a confusing back and forth on the issue. Lets break down a timeline.
During his election campaign last year, he promised to make same-sex marriage legal in the Philippines.
He said in February last year: ‘If [draft same-sex marriage legislation] reaches me in whatever capacity, I’ll consider it.’
But when he assumed power, he took the offer off the table. He said his country could not legalize same-sex marriage because it was fiercely Roman Catholic.
‘That is their culture,’ he said referring to a recent copy of Time magazine featuring gender identity.
‘That’s [same-sex marriage] for them. That can’t apply to us, because we are Catholics.
‘And there is the civil code, which states you can only marry a woman for me, and for a woman to marry a man. That’s the law in the Philippines.’
And now Rodrigo Duterte’s flip-flopped yet again.
In a speech at an LGBT event in Davao City today (17 December), he said he’s changed his mind.
He said: ‘If that is the trend of the modern times, if that will add to your happiness, I am all for it,’ reports CNN Philippines.
Duterte then went even further and said he wants to appoint someone honest to represent the LGBT community.
He said: ‘Now find me the brightest dito sa Pilipinas ngayon. Bigyan niyo ako ng bright na tao [Nominate someone bright]. He might be gay, (she) might be lesbian.’