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Philippine­s women’s march tells Duterte ‘enough’

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Manila: More than 1000 women marched in Manila on Tuesday to tell President Rodrigo Duterte they have had enough of what they termed his repeated misogynist­ic words and deeds.

The columns of protesters, carrying umbrellas against steady rain and some wearing the colours of the Philippine flag, chanted “Duterte is afraid of women” as they wound through city streets. During two years in office, Mr Duterte has repeatedly and unapologet­ically joked about rape, defended womanising and ordered soldiers to shoot women rebels in the vagina. Last week he sparked outrage after coaxing a married Filipina into kissing him on the lips onstage during an appearance in Seoul, which he defended by saying “We enjoyed it”.

“We are saying we have had enough,” activist Jean Enriquez told AFP as she marched.

“All the acts of the Duterte administra­tion and he himself contribute­d to us, the women, coming out.”

Enriquez is part of a collective of women who launched last month a #Metoo-style social media campaign that takes aim at Duterte’s attitude towards women.

Their #BabaeAko (I am a woman) hashtag caught on quickly in the social media-obsessed nation, and the thousands of posts since were the catalyst for Tuesday’s independen­ce day rally.

 ??  ?? Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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