On May 17, Twitter user King Carl Montante took to social media to express his disappointment towards a hotel management in Pasay City. The AMA university student narrated in a series of tweets that during his interview, the Human Resources officer told him that he wasnot qualified because of his gender preference.
He recounted that HR staff also asked him personal questions regarding his personal orientation.
“Actually hindi na nga po nila ako hinayaan ma interview ng formal. Ang unang tanong po agad nya sakin “Straight ka ba? Kailan mo naramdaman na ganyan ka? Ilan naging bf/gf mo? May plano kapa ba mag gf? Tapos angending sabi nya sige hindi na kita interview,” he said.
His post immediately went viral and among those who comforted him was Luis Manzano and Ramon Bautista.
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Ramon Bautista took the chance to plead other netizens who are HR staffs to give Montante a chance. He wrote:
Montante then replied by giving thanks to the comedian for boosting his self-confidence. He shared that he is an incoming fourth-year college student and he is in dire need of work to sustain his studies.
Moreover, actor and TV host Luis Manzano expressed his opposition to discrimination by posting a “thumbs down” emoji. He then cheered up Montante by saying, “You’ll find a better one.”
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In case you’re unaware, it was Luis mother, Governor Vilma Santos who endorsed the House Bill 4982 or the “Anti-discrimination bill”. This bill aimed to help the LGBT community have a stand in society. September of last year, the bill passed its final reading in the Congress.
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If it will finally become a law, then any form of discrimination based a person’s gender identity will be strictly illegal and highly punishable.
Read some of the comments and reactions of the netizens below: