A Filipino father has reportedly admitted to attacking his own son with a pan of boiling water, saying that finding out three of his children are gay led to him lash out.
The attack left 19-year-old Edmund Padilla with burns and blisters over his body. His father, Erano, has now been detained and the case is being thoroughly investigated. He reportedly confessed to the attack, saying he drunkenly lashed out over pent-up feelings regarding news that three of his children are in fact gay.
The Philippine LGBT Hate Crimes Watch (PLHCW) group is using this case to emphasize the need for better protections for the country’s LGBT citizens. Via Pink News:
The PLHCW is calling for justice for Edmund Padilla and for tougher national action by the government.
Reighben Labilles, a spokesperson for the PLHCW, said: “We plead to the government to initiate pro-active programs that provides parents and LGBT children the opportunities to promote freedom of expression of sexuality and gender.
“In a free society, the parents should respect the rights of their LGBT children and stop altogether corporal punishment. We are born this way and you cannot punish us to change our sexuality.”
The report goes on to note that the victim, because of his age, is not covered under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and national child protection laws, even though this violence was perpetrated by his father. The PLHCW says it is “urgent” for lawmakers in the country to remedy this oversight in the law.
The group also urges President Aquino’s administration to consider this case as impetus for enacting and enforcing LGBT rights protections in law, policy and governmental programs.
Readers can view a Filipino news bulletin regarding this story at the PLHCW blog, however readers should be aware that the story is not subtitled and contains graphic images of Padilla’s burns. Click here to view.
We will continue to follow this story as more details emerge.