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Decrying Duterte’s misogyny, macho-fascism

May 22, 2018

WE, UNITED in the fight against tyranny and dictatorship, vehemently denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s misogynistic remarks that downplay and demean the role of women in society.

In a recent statement regarding the qualities the next Ombudsman should have, Duterte said, “I want someone whose integrity people believe in. Of course, it could not be a politician, especially not a woman.”

This is not the first of his macho-fascist statements, and would certainly not be the last.

Months ago, he directed the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to shoot rebels in the vagina, in order to render them “useless.”

Recently, as an insult to the women victims of war, the fascist administration removed the comfort women statue in Roxas Boulevard.

We remind all public officials that, having the power and influence to set policy agenda, they should denounce and refrain from any kind of remark that perpetrates a machofascist culture – a culture that should have been shelved centuries ago, and we vow to condemn all kinds of similar statements, whoever it comes from.

(A solidarity statement of young women leaders, in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s misogynistic statements)

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