Transsexual or transvestite, I can only guess. Not that it matters anyway. One thing is for sure though: her skirt got her into trouble with the Filipino Association of Papua New Guinea.
Miss P****'s last step during her sensual hip-pirouette dance at a kiddie party is a bashing sway to a re-call order from the DFA. I suppose very few pinoy associations are into gay erotica.
Here enters the superficial perks of choosing to be a trouser-wearing discreet gay man. A 'Muscle Mary' frolicking to the tune of that Sharika & Beyounce duet will earn him everyone's admiration and still keeps his diplomatic passport. A silk scarf and pearl earnings on the other hand will stir up an instant witch hunt.
I was asked to ask someone to prepare a short write-up for their signature campaign to appeal for the re-call but I ended up doing it myself.
I have to make this clear though: other than penning down the cover letter, my support is for gender sensitivity and the development of a much needed political acumen on gay issues among Filipinos and not for the personal interest of any individual.
Here is an excerpt from the letter:
[In response to the recent exchange of opinions addressing the personal appeal of Miss P**** we, the signatories of this document would like to express the following sentiments:
1. The ''Filipino Association of Papua New Guinea'' based on the size of their membership is not representative of the population of Filipinos based in Papua New Guinea. Any statement made in behalf of the ''Filipino community'' by the said association does not automatically reflect the view of the majority of Filipinos based in Papua New Guinea.
2. While we acknowledge that decorum is to be observed by diplomats as required by their office, we steer away from the Filipino Association of Papua New Guinea Executive Council’s statement that Miss P**** ''made a public spectacle of him/herself'' for the following reasons:
a. Their statement ''dance provocatively while emulating the antics of a strip tease dancer in full view of children and foreigners alike'', ''unacceptable'' is an accusation where merit is askew. On a context free of malice, provocative dancing during a children's birthday celebration and during an annual independence celebration is unintelligently off-the-wall.
b. Their statements ''spectacle of him/herself'', ''that she was a he'', ''unflattering image of a Filipina'' are politically incorrect.
3. A re-organization for a more representative Filipino association that could address relevant issues of Filipinos living, working and/or residing in Papua New Guinea is aptly called for.
4. These sentiments are not acts of aggression to the ''Filipino Association of Papua New Guinea'' per se or to the personalities behind the said association but merely a collective voice exercising their right under the 1987 constitution to freedom of speech.]
I didn't get the chance to sign the appeal. I didn't have to.