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Women can’t stand threats? Netizens tell Duterte to ‘go back to the last century’

Kaye Cabal
Women can’t stand threats? Netizens tell Duterte to ‘go back to the last century’
Social media users point out that it's already 2018 and the President's 'sexist stereotyping' and misogynistic remarks are not acceptable

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is once again under fire for his demeaning remarks against women.

In a speech on Thursday, May 24, Duterte said that he believes in the “competence and capability” of women but that it does not apply to all aspects of life.

“I believe in the woman, the competence and capability, pero hindi lahat sa buhay dapat. Hindi ka, hindi, hindi. Dapat lang. It’s not appropriate,” the President said. (READ: Duterte: I believe in women’s competence, but not in all aspects)

He said women “could not stand threats and intimidation.”

Netizens were quick to protest Duterte’s statements, saying the President should put an end to these kinds of sexist stereotyping of women.

Others pointed out that it’s already 2018 and these types of sexist and misogynistic statements are not acceptable. (READ: [OPINION] Misogyny is bad for all Filipinos)

Female netizens also tweeted using the hashtag #BabaeAko as they called for equality and reiterated that women should not be underestimated. This social media campaign is spearheaded by female activists who want to fight the President’s sexist and misogynistic remarks. (READ: #BabaeAko campaign: Filipino women fight back against Duterte’s misogyny)

Meanwhile, members of the World March of Women launched the #BabaeAko campaign at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on Friday, May 25. 

Here are more reactions from Twitter users:

How do you feel about President Duterte’s latest remark about women? Let us know in the comments below! –

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Kaye Cabal

Kaye Cabal leads Rappler’s Digital Communications team and has been with Rappler since 2014. Her interest in and dedication to social media grew deeper with her love and passion for Philippine sports. She is a BS Development Communication graduate of UP Los Baños.