Why the anger to­ward women?

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - OPINION - RINA JIMENEZ-DAVID

There is some­one here who is patently un­fit for of­fice and it’s a he, not a she.” This is what #Every­woman has to say in a state­ment slam­ming the words of the Pres­i­dent last Wed­nes­day re­gard­ing the “char­ac­ter­is­tics” he is look­ing for in the suc­ces­sor of Maria Lour­des Sereno as chief jus­tice.

“Gusto ko yung bilib ang tao sa in­tegrity niya. Of course, it could not be a politi­cian, lalo na hindi babae,” he told re­porters in Mala­cañang. (I want some­one whose in­tegrity peo­ple be­lieve in. Of course, it could not be a politi­cian, es­pe­cially not a woman.)

Asked about the re­place­ment for Om­buds­man Con­chita Car­pio Mo­rales, her­self a for­mer as­so­ciate jus­tice of the Supreme Court, Mr. Duterte said he “will have to con­sult every­body” ex­cept for the re­tir­ing Om­buds­man. “I will even have to con­sult the Om­buds­man peo­ple,” he added, but not Mo­rales, “para sig­u­rado yung gusto ng tao” (to be sure it’s some­one the peo­ple like).

Is it just be­cause the Pres­i­dent per­son­ally dis­likes the two women, or be­cause he has a low opin­ion of women, gen­er­ally?

The state­ment, says #Every­woman, a coali­tion of women’s groups, “reeks of his now well-known misog­yny.”

“From the way he sex­u­ally ha­rasses the last few women in his of­fi­cial fam­ily to this state­ment that im­plies that women can­not re­ally have po­lit­i­cal in­tegrity nor bril­liance, Duterte high­lights the most dis­gust­ing as­pects of Philip­pine machismo,” the post­ing adds.

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Mr. Duterte seems un­aware of the ex­is­tence of the Magna Carta of Women which “or­ders him to en­sure the equal­ity of and nondis­crim­i­na­tion against

women ap­pointees to high-level po­si­tions,” says #Every­woman.

The post­ing also re­minds the Pres­i­dent that, un­til Sereno’s case is fi­nally re­solved (she has the right to ap­peal the Supreme Court de­ci­sion), she re­mains chief jus­tice and “he should keep his grubby hands off her in the mean­time.”

The Pres­i­dent’s re­marks are of a piece with his oft-stated gen­eral an­ti­women at­ti­tude, which he has shown by his per­sonal be­hav­ior and of­fi­cial acts, es­pe­cially his hos­til­ity to­ward women who are un­afraid of con­fronta­tion and bluntly speak their mind­when he says or does some­thing of­fen­sive. As I have pointed out pre­vi­ously, he ob­vi­ously be­lieves that women who dare step out of their “proper place” by chal­leng­ing his and his min­ions’ au­thor­ity are be­tray­ing their ac­cepted so­cial role and de­fy­ing the so­cial order where men are deemed in­trin­si­cally su­pe­rior.

This, from a man who was raised by a mother who was out­spo­ken and au­thor­i­ta­tive and even led the protest move­ment

in Davao against the Mar­cos dic­ta­tor­ship. And this, too, from a man whose daugh­ter, Mayor Sara, is not just out­spo­ken and feisty, but also has proven her­self in the po­lit­i­cal arena. What gives?

———— No doubt, part of the “col­o­niza­tion project” of our is­lands has been the spread and per­pet­u­a­tion of pop­u­lar Amer­i­can cul­ture among Filipinos—through movies, books, TV, and, most im­por­tantly, among our mu­sic-ob­sessed peo­ple, mu­sic and songs.

This should be borne out by the stag­ing of “The Amer­i­can Song­book” later this month on a tour of uni­ver­si­ties in Baguio. The “song­book” con­sists of hits by com­posers Jerome Kern, Ge­orge Gersh­win, Cole Porter and Os­car Ham­mer­stein in the first part, to be fol­lowed by the works of Leonard Bern­stein, Marvin Hamlisch, and Stephen Sond­heim, among oth­ers.

Fans of pop­u­lar mu­sic of yesteryears will be glad to know that among the songs to be fea­tured are: “Em­brace­able You,” “I’ve Got Rhythm,” “Some­one to Watch Over me,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “So in Love,” “Some Enchanted Even­ing,” “If I loved You,” “Maria,” “Tonight,” “What I Did for Love,” “Send in the Clowns,” “De­fy­ing Grav­ity,” and “Sea­sons of Love.”

The per­form­ers are tenor Jan Bri­ane As­tom, so­pra­nos Mheco Man­lan­git and Jas­min Salvo, with al­ter­nat­ing pi­anists Gabriel Paguiri­gan and Ri­cardo Abapo.

Here’s the sched­ule of per­for­mances: May 25 at 4 p.m. at the Uni­ver­sity of the Cordilleras The­ater; May 26 at 6 p.m. at the UP Baguio Teatro Ami­anan; and May 27 at 1:30 p.m. (by in­vi­ta­tion only) at the Uni­ver­sity of Baguio Cen­ten­nial Hall. The UC and UPB con­certs are open to the pub­lic.

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