Naglabas ng pahayag ang Church of God Dasmarinas City kung saan ay inamin nila na hindi sila payag na pagsalitain ang mga miyembro ng LGBTQIA+ community sa kanilang venue.
Sa kanilang pahayag, sinabi ni COG Senior Pastor Bishop Anthony V. Velasco na hiniling nila sa Southern Philippines Institute of Science and Technology (SPIST) na rumerenta sa kanilang church na palitan na lamang nila si Sasot bilang guest speaker dahil isa itong transgender.
“Early Friday morning, our church administrator initiated a talk to the school staff because we feel that there is a breach of trust already. We laid down openly to them what is going to happen if they will try to violate our religious beliefs. That if our belief is disrespected, we will have no choice but to turn off the lights and sound system as our final recourse to keep the sanctity of the pulpit,” ani Velasco.
“Praying that the school will comply and RESPECT our belief which has been communicated multiple times. This last and drastic option has been clearly communicated to them because we really CANNOT ALLOW OUR PULPIT TO BE DESECRATED.” dagdag pa niya.
Sa kanyang pahayag naman, itinanggi ni Sassot na nagsalita siya gamit ang pulpito ng COG.
“I never used your pulpit. I used the podium brought by the school. Clarification lang po.” sabi ni Sasot.
Samantala ay naglabas naman ng pahayag ang SPIST tungkol sa nangyaring insidente.
Binatikos din nito ang Church of God dahil sinira ng nasabing religious group ang espesyal na araw ng kanilang mga estudytante.
“They dampened the excitement of the graduating class, their parents, and guardians. They ruined the solemnity of the graduation rites,” sabi ng eskwelahan.
Ilang netizens naman ang nagpakita ng suporta sa transgender blogger.
“I’m sure the Bureau of Internal Revenue Philippines will be interested in the good pastor’s interpretation of the distinction between donation vs. payment. It would be exciting to check the accounting books on how the “Church of God” recognizes reven… este, “donations”. sabi ni Shimofuri Mu.
“They respect LGBTQ community pero they don’t allow them to perform or be a guest speaker of the event. Pinagloloko tayo neto e.” ani Karen Martillana.