Filipino ‘Hitler-loving’ lawyer tweets gay slur at former president’s grandson

Lawyer’s ‘faggot’ tweet ‘incites hatred’, says Filipino gay rights activist

Filipino ‘Hitler-loving’ lawyer tweets gay slur at former president’s grandson
29 October 2012

In the Philippines last week well-known lawyer Ferdinand Topacio, who has held government positions and represented clients in high-profile cases, called the former president’s grandson and current press undersecretary a ‘faggot’ on Twitter.

The tweet was directed at Manuel Quezon III, grandson of former president Manuel L Quezon who is thought to have angered Topacio by describing him as ‘Hitler-loving’ in a blogpost.

‘If he calls people names he should also be ready to be called names. If he can dish it out. He should be able to take it as well,’ Topacio said to Rappler when asked about the tweet.

Quezon stood by his description of Topacio, saying the New York Times reported in January that there was a painting of Hitler in Topacio’s office.

Topacio denied he was being homophobic in his tweet. He told Rappler:

‘I was not referring to his sexual orientation but to his personality. No one will believe I’m homophobic. I have so many gay friends.’

Filipino gay rights activist Jonas Bagas accused Topacio of inciting hatred. He said:

‘If Topacio has anything against a public official like Manolo Quezon, then he should just stick to the issue. He shouldn’t use his alleged support for the LGBT community to pinkwash his homophobia. His gay slur is not just a personal attack against Manolo Quezon. He’s inciting hatred against our community.’ 

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Chad Griffin takes high road reacting to Larry Kramer's trashing of Human Rights Campaign

HRC President tells GSN: 'We don't necessarily always agree on everything but he is a true legend and there are few in this world that I have more respect for than Larry Kramer'
No thumbnail available

Campaign launched to send coal to pastor who wants all gays killed for Christmas

A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to send coal for Christmas to Faithful Word Baptist Church pastor Steven Anderson after he said ‘if you executed the homos like God recommends you wouldn’t have all this AIDS running rampant’ and donations are pouring in in their thousands
No thumbnail available

Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley touts gay marriage bill

Says measure he introduced this week protects religious freedom
No thumbnail available

Berlin Festival to premier Brazilian director Daniel Ribeiro’s debut gay feature movie

The Way He Looks will show the relationships of a blind boy with his best friend Giovana and new neighbor Gabriel
No thumbnail available

How Nash Grier missed the point: Saying sorry isn’t enough

The 16-year-old Vine star should realize the harm he’s done to HIV prevention and try to fix it
No thumbnail available

Australian marriage rights campaign hails ‘tri-partite’ opposition to gay marriage ban referendum

The Australian Labor Party has renewed its commitment to opposing a referendum that seeks to put a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage – despite voting for a motion that would have set up a Senate inquiry for that yesterday
No thumbnail available

More acts announced for Sydney Mardi Gras Party

The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival has announced more of the local and international DJs that will be performing at the party that will follow Australia’s most iconic parade
No thumbnail available

Will a simple selfie get the gay world united?

The gay social network Moovz announced a challenging ‘gay selfie’ project, which will prove the unity of the global LGBT community
REVIEW: Sodo Pizza – Hoxton, London

REVIEW: Sodo Pizza – Hoxton, London

Great pizzas hidden within a decent pub
No thumbnail available

New research says most sexually active gay men could still benefit from the HPV vaccine

Irish researchers have found that nearly half of HIV positive gay men would still benefit from receiving the HPV vaccine while 77% of HIV negative gay men would benefit