Panelo on "beautiful women" remark of Duterte: "They always distort the intended meaning of the President’s comment" - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, September 2, 2018



Panelo on "beautiful women" remark of Duterte: "They always distort the intended meaning of the President’s comment"





President Rodrigo Duterte with Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo / photo file from Philstar



Manila, Philippines - Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said on Monday that recent rape remark of President Rodrigo Duterte was “distorted” by his critics.

The president said in a jest during his speech in Cebu that Davao City had the highest number of rape cases in 2018 because “there are many beautiful women” in his hometown.



“The human rights critics and PRRD’s (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) detractors are nitpicking again and making a fuss about a statement about many beautiful women being raped in Davao making it a basis for accusing him of misogyny,” Panelo said in a statement.

“They always distort the intended meaning of the President’s comment,” the chief presidential legal counsel noted

Panelo pointed out that the president “was merely priding himself to the fact that Davao, from where he is from and Mayor for twenty three years, abounds with beautiful women and at the same time advancing a theory that their being beautiful could be one motivating reason why the rapists sexually abuse them.”

Aside from this, Panelo reiterated that the chief executive has advanced the protection of women’s rights and has given recognition to women by giving them position in the Cabinet and in other high offices in the government.

“The President reveres his late mother and as Davao City Mayor had undertaken projects and measures protective of the rights of women and advancing their cause,” Panelo explained

“As President he has given recognition to women of distinction by appointing them to his Cabinet and in other high offices in the government, the latest of which is putting a woman at the helm of a male dominated Supreme Court,” he added*

Meanwhile, on his official visit in Israel, the president justified his remark before the Filipino community, saying it was “freedom of expression.”

“Hindi ko naman sinabi ni-rape lahat yan. But you are almost mesmerized or tempted kasi that’s how you control yourself,” he said

“And this is democracy. Freedom of expression,” he noted.

The president drew flak from his critics due to his comment that Davao City has many beautiful women which probably caused the high number of rape cases.

Also, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement on August 31 that the president is mature enough to know his limitations and that he should not be taken seriously.

"I think the President is mature enough to know to what extent he can go and he thinks that it is not putting it too low," he said


 Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque / photo file from CNN



Source: Inquirer