The Philippine's first party to include gay rights in its platform is pressing for a nationwide gay protections bill.

Representative Kaka Bag-ao of the Akbayan Citizens' Action Party is urging President Benigno Aquino III, also known as Noynoy Aquino or PNoy, to certify her gay rights bill as urgent. House Bill 515 would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity (transgender protections), the Manila Times reported.

“Here in the Philippines, you can fire a gay or lesbian employee simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity and get away with it,” Bag-ao said. “You can expel lesbian and gay students arbitrarily or impose arbitrary rules against them and you won't face any charges. It's wrong.”

“We are not saying that they should be given special rights, just basic fairness,” she added.

“By standing up for equal rights, PNoy would send a strong signal against hatred and homophobia. It would mean that the government embraces universal human rights for all Filipinos, and not a single Filipino is left behind.”

The party first introduced a gay protections bill in 1999.