Friday, June 30, 2017

Duterte's first year is 'dangerous' for women - Risa Hontiveros

Risa Hontiveros / Inquirer File Photo (ctto)

Manila, Philippines - Another critic of President Rodrigo Duterte made a comment on his first year in the office.  According to Senator Risa Hontiveros, Duterte’s first year is year of “misogyny” or “surge in the culture’s racism”. 

“The first year of the Duterte government is a dangerous year to be a woman. It is marked by a colossal human rights crisis. It is the year of misogyny and extrajudicial killings It is a year of national grieving,” Hontiveros said in a women’s forum at the Ateneo de Manila University on Friday. 

It was Hontiveros who slammed Duterte for his “profound, palpable hatred and persecution of women leaders who dare to stand up to the blatant disregard for human life”. 

She also cited examples of Duterte’s ‘misogynist culture’, his “trivialization of rape, reference of women public leaders to body parts, catcalling a female reporter and justifying it as freedom of expression and as a compliment, slut-shaming, and fake news as weapons to stifle political dissent and lie to the public.”

Hontiveros also said that if she would rate the President, she would give him a grade of eight to “12 thousand.” - the said numbers according to her, represents the number of dead people under Duterte’s administration based on the tallies of government and human rights groups.