Special Envoy to China Mon Tulfo said his brother, Ben, was right to tell women to dress appropriately to discourage rapists but disagreed with how he responded to the remark of Senator Francis Pangilinan’s daughter, Frankie.
In his June 20 column for the Manila Times, Mon said how women dress could provoke whom he called “sex maniacs.”
“In big shopping malls in Makati, Bonifacio Global City (BGC) or the Ortigas complex, a girl wearing what some men call pekpek (scanty) shorts — where there’s practically nothing left to be covered — is acceptable since most young women show off their fashion sense in public. But a woman who wears scanty clothing late at night in, say, Tondo or Quiapo, where the common people congregate, invites groping from maniacal men or worse,” he said.
Ben got into a word war with Pangilinan after he reprimanded the daughter of Sharon Cuneta for speaking out against victim blaming.
“Hija, a rapist or a juvenile sex offender’s desire to commit a crime will always be there. All they need is an opportunity when (sic) to commit the crime. Sexy ladies, careful with the way to dress up (sic). You are inviting the beast (in man),” Ben tweeted in response to Pangilinan’s comment on rape.
Mon, however, said it was wrong for Ben to call Frankie “hija.”
“Ditto with Ben: Calling Frankie hija (my child) was being cavalier with the young lady. Ben’s dragging Sen. Kiko Pangilinan into his argument with Frankie is a non sequitur,” he said.