Updated 16:03 PM PHT Mon, March 20, 2017
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte is against same-sex marraiage, saying the law only recognizes the union between a man and a woman.
Addressing the Filipino community in Myanmar on Sunday, Duterte said the scheme may work for others, but not for a predominantly Catholic country.
"Wala nang he or she — 'yan ang kultura nila. Kayo lang. Hindi pwede sa amin. Katoliko kami," he said.
[Translation: There is no he or she — that is their culture. That's only them. That won't work for us. We are Catholics.]
Duterte said his stance on same-sex marriage is based on law.
"There is the civil code. You can only marry a woman for me, and a woman to marry a man. 'Yan ang batas namin at bakit papasok itong mga gender (That is our law and why should gender enter the picture)," he said.
But Duterte clarified he has nothing against gays, even citing family members who are gay.
He said a man or woman must live according to the sex assigned to them at birth.
"Saan ka pinuwinesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang. Huwag mong haluin kaming lahat," he said.
[Translation: Wherever the Lord placed you, stay that way. Don't mix things up.]
During the campaign, Duterte said he will consider legalizing same-sex marriage if he gets elected.
"If it reaches me in whatever capacity, I'll consider it," he said on February 18, 2016.
CNN Philippines correspondent Anna Estanislao contributed to this report.