Clarifies remarks on women
President Rodrigo R. Duterte clarified on Thursday his recent remarks against women, saying he does not look down on women.
“It’s not that I’m not impressed. I believe in women, the competence, and capability, but not everything in life,” Duterte explained in his speech during the inauguration of the Davao River Bridge widening project in Davao City.
Duterte drew the ire of women when he said he does not want a woman to be the next Chief Justice.
“That’s why I don’t want female police or soldiers in the fields. Unlike men, we grew up throwing punches, in fistfights and gunfights and we grew up with a sort of a mindset, sometimes prone to violence,” Duterte explained.
“It’s not appropriate when you cannot stand threats and intimidation,” he said.
Last Wednesday, Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Bong Go said Duterte has always been a protector and has high respect and regard for women.
“President Rodrigo Duterte has always been a firm believer and protector of women’s rights. He has high respect for women,” Go said in a press statement.
Go, a long-time aide of Duterte, said the President has in fact pushed for the passage of laws and programs that protect and uphold women’s rights when he was still mayor of Davao City.
Some of these local laws include the landmark Women Development Code and the creation of the Integrated Gender Development Division of Davao City.
“Because of these advocacies, Davao City has been recognized as a Gender and Development Local Learning Hub in the Philippines,” Go said.
He said the claims of the #BabaeAko campaign that the President is not pro-women and looks down on women is “truly unfair” and “clearly political”.