Gabriela hits Bertiz’s ‘monthly period’ remark
Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus on Monday criticized ACTS-OFW Rep. Aniceto “John” Bertiz III for attributing his bad temper to “having a monthly menstrual period.”
In a statement, De Jesus said women should not be stereotyped as “arrogant and entitled” during their menstrual period.
“Kaming mga babae ay walang problema sa regla. Ang isyu ay ang arogansya nya (We do not have issues with our menstrual period. The issue here is his arrogance),” the lady solon said.
“Huwag nyang idamay ang kababaihan kasi siya ang may problema (He should not involve women in his problems),” she added.
In a press briefing at the House of Representatives earlier in the day, Bertiz apologized for his actions captured in a video during a security check at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (Naia) on Saturday.
In explaning his actions, he compared his bad temper to having a monthly period.
“For the past three years that I’ve been a member of Congress, once a year na medyo dapuan po tayo ng monthly period ay hindi ko na rin po maiaalis na tao lang po, na marupok at umiinit ang ulo, naiistress din sa trabaho,” he said.
(For the past three years that I’ve been a member of Congress, once a year, we have a monthly period. I cannot avoid this as I am only human. Sometimes I get hot headed and stressed out because of work.)
READ: Bertiz: I’m only human
Last week, a video of Bertiz telling agricultural and biosystems engineers during their oathtaking that they won’t be getting their professional licenses if they don’t know Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, who is being groomed to run as senator in next year’s elections, surfaced and also went viral on social media. /ee
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