Philippine President Benigno Aquino has voiced some support for gay rights, but stopped short of endorsing gay marriage or adoption.
Mr Aquino made the comments during a visit to New York, where same-sex unions were legalised in July.
The Philippines has a vibrant gay scene and a gay political party which has been pushing for an anti-discrimination bill for 11 years.
But the Roman Catholic Church remains opposed to the Bill, saying it will open the door to gay marriage.
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