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Hontiveros reminds Angkas riders: Maging maginoo, ‘wag bastos!

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Senator Risa Hontiveros reminded riders of the transport service provider Angkas to be courteous to their passengers as she reminded them that there’s already a law against gender-based harassment.

Hontiveros urged over 1,000 Angkas riders to promote a culture of safe spaces among its partner-riders and bring greater safety and gender-sensitivity awareness to the public in a meeting Monday (September 23).

“2019 na po. Ang tunay na lalake, maginoo at marunong rumespeto. Kung dati, uso ang ‘maginoo pero medyo bastos,’ ngayon dapat, maginoo at hindi bastos,” she said.

Republic Act No.11313 or the Safe Spaces Law, also known as the Bawal Bastos Law, prohibits street and gender-based harassment in public spaces. Examples of prohibited acts include catcalling, wolf-whistling, unwanted invitations, misogynistic, transphobic, homophobic and sexist slurs, sexual comments and suggestions and any advances, whether verbal or physical, that are unwanted and threaten one’s sense of personal space and physical safety.

Hontiveros, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family relations and Gender Equality, expressed hope that Angkas riders will be “ambassadors of safe spaces.”

“Tiyak ko, kapag kilalang maginoo ang mga angkas driver at kampante sa inyo ang mga pasahero, mas lalakas ang kita sa pamamasada,” she said.

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