One of the first theories discussed during freshman political science courses is ‘politics as the art of compromise’. Cliché as it may be, LGBT+ rights activists must take this aphorism to heart if they wish to accomplish their ultimate aim of establishing legal protection mechanisms for the rights of LGBT+ individuals. At this point, the only realistic option for LGBT+ rights advocates is to abandon the SOGIE Bill and realign their lobbying efforts towards the passage of comprehensive anti-discrimination legislation which includes LGBT+ persons under its umbrella of protections.
Pork barrel has a much more sinister connotation in the Philippines. The term is synonymous with kickbacks and corruption due to the PDAF Scandal. Constitutionally speaking, it is an unacceptable usurpation by members of the legislature of the executive branch’s sole prerogative to implement the budget passed by Congress.