Duterte replaces PH Commission on Women chairperson

Pia Ranada
President Rodrigo Duterte has chosen PCW commissioner Sandra Montano for the top post in the commission

CHANGES IN PCW. Philippine Commission on Women Rhodora Bucoy is getting replaced. Malacañang photo

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – President Rodrigo Duterte is replacing Philippine Commission on Women (PCW) chairperson Rhodora Masilang Bucoy with another commissioner from the agency.

This was confirmed by Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) spokesman Jonathan Malaya to Rappler on Wednesday, July 8.

“Her term expired and President Rodrigo Roa Duterte appointed a new chair in the person of Sandy Montano, a former commissioner,” he said.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea confirmed to Rappler on Thursday that Bucoy will be replaced by Montano, currently PCW commissioner representing the science and health sector.

Bucoy was told of the decision on Tuesday, July 7, according to a source. But the PCW, in a press release, said Bucoy had resigned the same day.

In response to Bucoy’s departure, 3 other PCW commissioners have supposedly tendered their resignation – media and arts representative Noreen Capili, urban poor representative Corazon Espinoza, and labor representative Emma Ricaforte. Malaya was unable to confirm this.

Insiders say Bucoy has been “outspoken” about Duterte’s rape jokes since the beginning of his administration. Bucoy was appointed to the post because of her good ties with former Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr who resigned in 2019 to run for Bohol governor.

Bucoy is widely respected and has a stellar background. She’s been in the PCW since 2013, when she was appointed commissioner representing the academe. She was also an associate professor for political science and gender studies at the University of the Philippines Cebu.

An active advocate for women’s empowerment, Bucoy put up the Sidlak Gender Resource Center in Central Visayas in 2003.

Bucoy is multi-awarded, with the Tatak UP Alumni Award for Outstanding Public Service in Women Empowerment and Justice German Lee Award on Transformative Leadership under her belt. – Rappler.com

Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is a senior reporter for Rappler covering Philippine politics and environmental issues. For tips and story suggestions, email her at pia.ranada@rappler.com.