by Xave Gregorio
Gabriela slammed anew President Rodrigo Duterte for his fresh remarks against women, saying that the presidency is “on top of the list” of “jobs that should never be occupied by misogynists and tyrants.”
“By using his stature to propagate the view that men are superior to women, President Duterte is spitting on the gains of women’s movement in the country – including his much touted pro-women ordinance in Davao City,” Gabriela party-list Reps. Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas said in a statement.
De Jesus and Brosas was referring to City Ordinance 5004, enacted when Duterte was still Davao City mayor, which prohibits, among other things, the “persistent telling of offensive jokes such as green jokes or other analogous statements who finds them offensive or humiliating.”
The Gabriela solons also say Duterte is “spitting” on female soldiers and police officers who participated in his bloody war on drugs and also his mother, Soledad Duterte, “who was never prim and proper in fighting the Marcos dictatorship.”
The progressive lawmakers were reacting to statements made by Duterte in a speech on Thursday (May 24), where he attacked the #BabaeAko campaign launched online this month in response to his sexist remarks and said women should be “prim and proper.”
“Sabi ko nga ayaw ko ng babae. Nandiyan naman ‘kami ay mga babae.’ Mga babae nga kayo, so anong problema?” Duterte said, alluding to the campaign by women activists, including former Social Welfare and Development Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, who failed to pass through the Commission on Appointments.
Duterte also said he believes in women, but not in all aspects and claimed that they cannot stand threats and intimidation.
“His immediate reaction to the #BabaeAko campaign proves that he cannot stand women, further pouring gas to the social media campaign that caught fire instantly,” Gabriela said.
The #BabaeAko campaign was launched in the wake of Duterte saying that he does not want a woman to be the replacement of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales, who is retiring in July.
Palace officials have defended Duterte, downplaying his statements as “mere play of words” and accusing #BabaeAko of being unfair.