“Kahit bakla yan, kapag nakainom ng alak, nagiging lalaki yan.” This was the statement of Makati Police Chief Colonel Harold Depositar, referring to the gay friends of flight attendant Christine Dacera, who were with her on the day she was found dead at a Makati hotel.
Depositar implied that the gay companions of Dacera could still be be suspects in what the police believed was a rape-slay case, regardless if they are gay.
The statement, which had no scientific claim, drew flak and raised more than a few eyebrows in social media.
Fashion designer Rajo Laurel in a tweet said that gays are gays even if they are drunk.
ang baklang lasing ay baklang lasing— Rajo Laurel (@rajolaurel) January 6, 2021
ang baklang lasing ay maingay na bakla
ang baklang lasing ay tahimik na bakla
ang baklang lasing ay gumagandang bakla
ang baklang lasing ay warlang bakla
ang baklang lasing ay dyosang bakla
laging bakla ang bakla
mabuhay ang mga bakla
The advocacy group Bahaghari condemned the statement.
"Being LGBTQ+ is not a mask you wear or a behavior washed away by intoxication; it is a core part of one's being. When the PNP says 'lalake pa rin sila; may instinct yan,' they actually admit to their own predatory behaviors,” said Rey Salinas, Bahaghari’s spokesperson.
Babaylanes, Inc., the alumni LGBT organization of the University of the Philippines, tagged Depositar’s statement as ”misinformed, misleading, and dangerously malicious.”
‘Such hasty conclusion exposes the PNP’s lack of understanding and appreciation of sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression (SOGIE),” the organization said.
“How can the PNP ensure due process when they obviously have these preconceived notions against gay people?”
Other celebrities also belied PNP’s claim based on their experience.
Comedian K Brosas said ithat n her experience, her gay friends wouldn’t even kiss her when drunk.
pnp— kahit bakla yan pag nakainom ng alak nagiging lalake yan!
me— hoy ilang beses nako nalasing kasama mga beki, ilang beses na kaming nag spin the bottle ayaw nila ako i kiss shutanginamez! ???— carmela brosas (@kbrosas) January 6, 2021
DJ Chacha said that her gay friends when drunk would transform into Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and even Sailormoon.
PNP: "Kahit bakla yan, kapag nakainom ng alak nagiging lalake yan"— DJ Chacha (@_djchacha) January 5, 2021
Ganon po ba? Eh bat ganon mga friendship kong beks kapag may amats mas malambot pa sa mamahaling unan sa uratex. Yung iba nagiging si Beyonce, Mariah Carey tapos yung iba bet maging Sailormoon.
Twitter user @OhEmGil posted a video of gays dancing to show how gays are when drunk.
PNP: "Kahit bakla yan, kapag nakainom ng alak nagiging lalake yan"— Kim SeokGIL⁷?? | #OustTheTurtle (@OhEmGIL) January 6, 2021
Me and my friends pag nalalasing : pic.twitter.com/TLZrSVIwy5
Twitter user @lanzalonso also posted a photo of him in a Darna costume in reaction to PNP’s statement.
PNP: 'Yang mga baklang yan kpag nakakainum nagiging lalaki yan!— A L O N S O (@lanzalonso) January 5, 2021
Oh, gooooooow. pic.twitter.com/FZPaGSeuks
Twitter user @estongocampo meanwhile posted a video of someone dancing and even trying out a headstand to show how gays are when drunk.
PNP: "Kahit bakla yan, kapag nakainom ng alak nagiging lalake yan"— Estong Ocampo (@estongocampo) January 6, 2021
Mamshies when Drunk......? pic.twitter.com/auZvnqvDip
John Villanueva posted a TikTok video of him dancing that ended with the statement, “Walang on/off ang gender namin.”