Duterte’s ‘misog­y­nis­tic’ re­marks con­demned

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORY! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

CITY OF SAN FER­NANDO - A women’s right ad­vo­cate yes­ter­day con­demned the sex­ist re­marks and al­leged at­tack on women of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte dur­ing his pub­lic speeches.

Dur­ing the press con­fer­ence for Women’s Month cel­e­bra­tion held at the city hall, this year’s event chair­per­son and long time women’s wel­fare ad­vo­cate right Dr. Leti­cia Yap said that the per­sis­tent “misog­y­nis­tic” be­hav­ior of Duterte is “very un­ac­cept­able.”

“We are con­demn­ing what he (Duterte) is say­ing to women be­cause as a wo­man, we know that we are equal to a man but with what he is say­ing, he is be­lit­tling the sta­tus of women in so­ci­ety and is in­val­i­dat­ing what we have fought for and ad­vo­cated for so long,” Yap said.

She fur­thered: “He does not rec­og­nize the con­tri­bu­tions of women in the coun­try’s and so­ci­ety’s de­vel­op­ment. He treats women like ‘toys,’he looks at them as a mi­nor­ity and that is vey un­ac­cept­able.”

City Ad­min­is­tra­tor Fer Lim­bitco, for his part, said that the city gov­ern­ment will not let Duterte’s tirades against women af­fect the gover­nance in this cap­i­tal city, es­pe­cially in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of pro­grams con­cern­ing women.

“I do not see any rea­son why we would let his re­marks af­fect our gover­nance in the city. In San Fer­nando, we re­main stead­fast in rec­og­niz­ing and pro­mot­ing the sub­stan­tial role of women in so­ci­ety and no amount of ma­lign­ing can ever take that,” he said.

At city hall alone, al­most 42 per­cent or 677 of the to­tal 1,641 man­power are com­prised of women, the city’s Hu­man Re­sources and De­vel­op­ment Of­fice dis­closed.

Lim­bitco said that the data of dif­fer­ent de­part­ments in the city hall also mir­rors the un­wa­ver­ing com­mit­ment of the city gov­ern­ment in ad­vanc­ing the rights of women while still en­sur­ing equal­ity among all gen­ders.

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