Duterte’s ‘womanizing’ panned: ‘Distasteful and unacceptable’
A women’s group on Tuesday slammed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, saying “womanizing and flaunting it is an affront to women.”
Gabriela Partylist issued the statement after Duterte, in a no-holds barred speech on Sunday, admitted that he does not only have two wives but two girlfriends as well.
The tough-talking mayor admitted that when he was younger, he would spend the whole night with his girlfriends, but since he had grown older, he could spend only “short time.”
“Womanizing and treating women as objects is an affront to women and it is not something that should be flaunted,” Rep. Emmie de Jesus of Gabriela Partylist said in a statement on Tuesday.
“This reeks of machismo, reinforces the society’s low regard of women and consequently increases women’s vulnerability to violence and abuse,” de Jesus said.
The lawmaker said this is “both distasteful and unacceptable.”
Gabriela called on candidates in the 2016 elections “to refrain from making statements and committing acts that are offensive to women.”
“Those setting their sights on ruling the country must impose upon themselves, the highest standards towards uplifting society’s views on women and helping ensure the protection of women from abuse,” de Jesus said.
Gabriela “urged Duterte and other candidates to delve into platforms and discuss women’s and people’s issues rather than employ derogatory statements and actions that malign women.” IDL