Unfortunately, Edmund will not be protected under UN Convention on the Rights of the Child or The Philippines’ child protection laws because he is 19-years-old. Still, any old don’t boil a man alive laws on the books should do in this particular case.
A bit of perspective on the homophobic climate of The Philippines: 37 LGBT persons were murdered in 2011 because of their sexuality. They join an additional 110 dating back to 1996, when records of sexuality in crime began.
LGBT groups in The Philippines point to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s landmark speech on LGBT rights as a beacon of hope in their country. Only time will tell if President Obama’s decision to tie foreign aid to LGBT rights will pay off.