CEBU CITY—Twenty-year-old Sophia looks like a typical colegiala who has a dream of becoming a respected lawyer someday.
Barely 5-foot tall, she keeps a low profile at the Catholic-run school in Cebu City, where she is a freshman student, as she doesn’t want to call anybody’s attention to herself.
MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's top ally in Congress proposed new bills to legalize divorce and same-sex unions on Monday, a move almost certain to meet fierce resistance from bishops in the mainly Catholic country.
Opening the lower house for its second regular session, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he would file a bill to legally recognize civil partnerships between people of the same sex.
"We must also be considerate of the fact that marriage may not be for everyone," he said.
"Presently, it even excludes certain groups of people from its fold.
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They must also be treated with equality before the law," he said.
It is because she keeps a secret from her classmates: She sells her flesh to pay her school bills.
Sofia works as a GRO (guest relations officer) in an elite night club and offers sexual services to men, mostly foreigners. I will finish my studies no matter what,” she said. According to Julius Bungcaras, head of the International Justice Mission (IJM) Cebu’s Community Mobilization for Churches and Students, 10-15 percent of every 1,000 students (10 out of 100) resort to prostitution.
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