Philippines: I didn't think I'd be treated like a criminal

 She thought she was safe.

Gretchen Custodio Diez, the transgender woman who was arrested Tuesday, August 13, recounted how she was prevented from using a women's restroom in a Cubao mall in Quezon City.

She said she fell in line for the women's restroom at around 1:30 pm inside Farmer's Market in Cubao when a janitress told her to step out and go to the men's restroom instead. She fought back at first, and then restrained herself. As she started walking away, she realized she had to do something.

She decided to ask the janitress again why she was not allowed in the women's restroom. She took a video of the encounter and this enraged the janitress, who "dragged" her to the security room to have her arrested. She was detained by cops, cuffed and shamed.

Diez was brought from the mall to the Cubao police station. Police officers then brought her to the Quirino Memorial Medical Center for her medical test, after which she was transferred to the Quezon City Police District's Anti-Cybercrime Division in Camp Karingal. Read more via Rappler