Joey de Leon and Arnell Ignacio express views on same-sex marriage

Arnell Ignacio (left) on same-sex marriage: "I’m not against it, but you have to study it. Don’t be too emotional about the issue."

For his part, Joey de Leon (right) wants to change the term "marriage." He explains: "Ang word na gusto ko, ‘compact.’ ‘Same-sex compact.’ Compact…parang ‘blood compact.’"


At the launch of TV5’s newest game show, Game N’ Go, its hosts Arnell Ignacio and Joey de Leon gave their take on one of today’s hottest issues: same-sex marriage.

As a veteran comedian, Joey acknowledged the contributions of LGBTs, especially homosexuals, to showbiz.

He said, “Wala, wala kang magagwa e…Hindi mo naman pwedeng [kontrahin] e. Alam mo yung ‘gayship,’ yung ‘gayship’…napakalaking bagay n’yan lalo na sa daigdig ng entertainment.

“Alisin mo yung gayship sa entertainment, napakalungkot ng ano natin…So hindi na pinag-uusapan yan. Yung ano naman, yung take ko sa same-sex, uunahan na kita, ayoko lang nung term na ‘marriage.’

“Meron akong pinalit dyan e. Sinulat ko na yan, pero hindi pa nalalathala. Ang word na gusto ko, ‘compact.’ ‘Same-sex compact.’ Compact…parang ‘blood compact.’

“Mas bagay…‘Compact.’ Yun din yun e. Basta yun ang word. Kasi, marriage, nauna na sila sa ganun e, pabyaan mo na. Yun lang yun. Pero yun pa rin…union pa rin yun," Joey said.

“Marami ngang nakatago hanggang ngayon e. Pero hindi mo na malalaman. Kayo, hindi rin kayo sigurado sakin, di ba? Hindi na pinag-uusapan ngayon yung ganyan."

Arnel interrupted, “Kapag pinag-usapan pa yan, parang atrasadong-atrasado na tayo…we still consider yung differences…Kung bakla o ano…”

Joey continued, “Parte na ng palabas yan e…Siguradong nagpalagay na ng bust yun, kaya may sarili ng bust yun.

“Pero talaga pag sinilang kang ganun e…Hindi ako naniniwala sa acquired.”

Arnell, a self-confessed gay, agreed: “Ako kasi naging bakla’t naging bakla ako, hindi ko inisip na iba e. Lahat ng mga kabarkada ko puro lalaki e.”

“Hindi na issue yan,” Joey ascertained.

However, Arnell was not entirely sympathetic to the idea of same-sex marriage.

“Ako nga sa tingin ko, masayado ng sensitive ang community ng LGBT. Sobra na e…

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“I mean if you want to participate in the natural order [of things] at gusto mong respetuhin ka, katanggap-tanggap, kasama dun ang hindi ka tinatanggap, di ba?" Arnell said.

“Kung gusto mong tanggapin ka, marami kang kinikilos na hindi naman pupwede…they cannot understand e."

THINK ABOUT THE FATHERS. Recounting his own personal experience, Arnell said he can understand where other people are coming from, particularly, his own father.

“Usually, we tend to be dramatic about our situation e. Pero naisip ba natin na, kanino [ito] ikukwento ng tatay mo, di ba?

“Alangan namang ikwento niya dun sa mga kapitbahay na yung binata niya, bakla. Eto tayong mga bakla, maya’t-maya, anytime, we can call up our friends, talk about it, mag-iiyak ka d’yan...

“You miss the point na pano yung tatay mo, kanino niya ikukwento yun? Mas siya yung nahihirapan e.”

LEGAL AND BINDING. Arnell went on to explain that marriage is legally binding and therefore, more complicated than a piece of paper.

“Same-sex marriage, alam mo, eto, again, it’s a very…we’re only looking at the emotional side of getting married.

“Have you ever thought about the bond that you’re getting into if you get married? The legality? Ay, nakakaloka magpakasal ah. And ako, kasal ako," Arnell revealed.

Arnell was married to Frannie, with whom he has a daughter, Sophia. They separated in 2004.

WHAT IF YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND? “Kaya ako if I have a friend contemplating marriage, I would warn him…na…mga bakla ang lalandi natin ah…Papano kung ayaw mo na? Nakakaanim na buwan ka [tapos], ayaw mo na?

“This is going to be another issue. Bakit ka papasok sa isang kontrata na napakahirap labasan?…Nakakapagpalabas ka ng madali, bakit ka papasok sa ganyan?" Arnell continued.

“Ang hirap-hirap maghiwalay. At alam natin yan na mga bakla, ’Day, ang hirap na natin bumuo ng relasyon pag tapos ng tatlong buwan.

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“Papano pag inapi ka, makasuhan ka na. Ako, I’ve been living with a partner for nine years.

“But why will you punish yourself with a contract na hindi mo malalabasan as easily as hindi ka kasal?

“Kaya nga. Bakit mo gugustuhin yun, kunwari ang type mo lang naman yung title…mahirap. I’m telling you, I’m telling you. Don’t even venture.

“Kasal ako e, kasal ako. Maloloka kayong lahat pag…pano yung property mo?

"O, see? Nobody ever… hindi man lang niya sinilip…Gusto lang niya…ay, kasal kami!” Arnell said mimicking an excited gay, complete with expletives.

“I’m not against it, but you have to study it. Don’t be too emotional about the issue. Wag tayong parang…ah kasi ah…lahat sila kinasal, dapat ang karapatan din natin, magpakasal din tayo.

“Binusisi na ba niya what a marriage entails? Okay, give them the chance to get married pero warn them, if you don’t read, it’s not just a title. It’s not just a contract.

“’Te, maloloka kayo pag ayaw mo na. Alam mo, sa akin kasi, yung pananaw ko sa gay friend…hindi ako masyadong ganun e… hindi ako nakaranas ng discrimination.

“Pag dinidiscriminate ako, nagpapapansin. Yun kasi yung naglilimit sa atin e. Yung pananaw na ganun. Yung bakla ganito, tomboy, ganito,” Arnell said.


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