Aside from the killings of trade unionists and activists, the country’s celebration of Women’s Month is ruined by Duterte’s dirty hands, the labor group Partido Manggagawa (PM) said in a statement.
“Definitely, that dirty act comes from a sexist mind,” declared PM Secretary General Judy Miranda.
Miranda insists that President Rodrigo Duterte’s act constituted sexual harassment of their kasambahay as the video clearly showed he was in the act of touching her. He was unsuccessful only because she stepped back just in time to avoid the contact.
PM likewise condemns Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque’s defense of the president saying it was just a joke, and that she’s been with the family since young and is used to these sorts of jokes from him.
“Time and again, we have deplored the President for his sexism extending to misogyny for degrading women in the way he speaks and acts. This is another similar incident that we cannot just disregard the way Roque wants everyone to do,” explained Miranda.
The fact that the video was uploaded without regard to the sexual harassment act, with such an act done right on the face of her wife, and so with the spokesperson justifying the harassment, are totally unacceptable in a society that claims to respect and guarantee women’s rights.
The group said it’s a double whammy against women, especially among working women represented by the president’s kasambahay, who are facing so much difficulties during this pandemic because of government neglect and incompetence.
March 30, 2021