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Ben&Ben’s Paolo Guico on use of ‘bakla’ as an insult: ‘Pilipinas, let’s grow up!’

Ben&Ben’s Paolo Guico’s tweets came after he wore a yellow dress with the caption ‘be comfy in your own skin.’

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02/11/2021 09:43 AM
Ben&Ben’s Paolo Guico on use of ‘bakla’ as an insult: ‘Pilipinas, let’s grow up!’
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Paolo Guico of folk-pop band Ben&Ben took to Twitter to remind netizens to stop using the word ‘bakla’ as a form of insult. 

On Wednesday, February 10, Paolo expressed his frustration over people who judge other people based on the clothes they choose to wear. 

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“Never assume anyone's gender based on the clothes they wear. Hay Pilipinas, ang layo pa natin *sigh*,” he said. 

Paolo went on  to say that it’s never right to assume that a person’s gender identity should solely be based on the stuff they choose for themselves. 

“Higit pa rito, mali ang mag-assume na ang isang bagay o gawain ay panlalaki o pambabae lamang,” he stated. 

Encouraging people to be free, he added: “Kids, be free to be yourselves. don't let anyone bring you down.” 

Lastly, Paolo said that while he isn’t part of the LGBT community, he joins them in their fight for acceptance and love. 

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“Panghuli, sana'y makamove-on na tayo bilang bansa sa paggamit ng ‘bakla’ bilang insulto. As a heterosexual male, I may not be in the place to speak for them but, I will fiercely fight for our LGBT friends and listeners. You are valid, accepted and loved. Pilipinas, let's grow up,” he remarked. 

Paolo’s series of tweets came after he shared a photo of him wearing different clothes, including one in a yellow dress. 

Ben&Ben, one of the country’s most award-winning bands, is the group behind “Kathang Isip,” “Maybe The Night,” and “Araw Araw.”