Since the initiative of MCCQC, SGO-Phils, OUTPhils, GABAY, IFTAS and other concerned LGBT individuals and formations last September 2009, we only have accounted a few cases (past cases were researched from news archives): Documenting these cases would provide our legislators ammunition to pass the Anti-Discrimination Bill pending in congress as well as lobbying for an Anti-Hate Crime Bill.
We make this call to everyone again: If you have heard or known of a murder or homicide case or any incident of violence which the LGBT community is targeted please send us the following information to the MCCQC e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or IFTAS email@example.com. If you are a member of any of the participating organizations mentioned in this letter, contact your community leaders:
1. Name of the Victim
2. Age of the Victim
3. Profession of the Victim
4. Date of Crime
5. Circumstances how they were killed and how they were found
6. Notes or other information on the police investigation. When available, kindly inform us too of contact persons whom we can keep in touch with so we can verify and probe deeper into the case at hand.
Confidentiality regarding information on the victims and the respondents will be ensured. We all need to act to end the killings.
The information received will be used for dialogues with the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Thank you very much! Peace and safety be with us all.
Rev. Ceejay Agbayani
Mr. Marlon Lacsamana
Posted below are some of the cases documented and gathered from newspaper-archives (all names here are from these archives and the others are coded unknown to keep confidentiality):
1998 QC – Larry Arciaga (Salon owner) – Unknown - unresolved
2004 QC – William Castro – (DZAM radio announcer) – Unknown - unresolved
2004 QC – Lorna Dating (Househelp) – Unknown - unresolved
2005 QC - Larry Estandarte (Researcher Rated K) - multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) - unresolved
2005 QC - Father Robert Tanghal (Priest) - multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) - unresolved
2005 QC - Joel Binsali (Beautician) - multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) - unresolved
2005 QC - Carl Roman Santos (Advertising Consultant) - multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) - unresolved
2005 QC - William Castro (Broadcaster) - multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) - unresolved
2005 QC - Eli Pormaran (Entertainment Writer) – multiple stab wounds – resolved?
2006 QC - Melchor Vergel de Dios (Fashion Designer) - multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) - unresolved
2006 QC - Joselito Siervo (EP Pinoy Dream Academy) – multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide - unresolved
2006 QC - Francisco Uy (Businessman) - multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) – unresolved
2008 QC – Romeo Lim (Salon owner) - Unknown - unresolved
2009 Iloilo - Epi Ramos (Doctor, HIV Advocate) – multiple stab wound – resolved?
2009 San Mateo, Rizal - VJ Rubio (Faculty - La Salle Antipolo, Writer) - strangulation (robbery with homicide) - unresolved
2009 QC - Winton Ynion (Faculty – UE Recto, Palanca Awardee) - multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) – unresolved
2009 QC – Aries Alcantara (hairdresser) – Unknown – unresolved
2009 Dumaguete – Unknown (Doctor) – Multiple gun-shot wounds (murder) – unresolved
2009 Dumaguete – Unknown (2nd year student, Siliman University) – Multiple stab wounds (robbery with homicide) - unresolved
2010 Iloilo - Matilde Sinolan (unknown - lesbian) – Gunshot on the face – Killer (Leonides Honejar) at large
2010 QC - Enrique Esguerra (unknown) - stabbed with ice pick and a plastic bag over his head (robbery with homicide) – unresolved