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

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.

A President must be prim and proper too @RRD_Davao Stop these sexist stereotyping. https://t.co/yOBDn4zFQz — KyahMJ (@UniQuintessence) May 25, 2018 My mother is one of the strongest persons I know. My wife is my rock. My sisters are successful in their own right. I know my daughters are gonna grow up able to hold their own. You’re wrong, Mr. President. Women are competent, unwavering, and more courageous than you can ever be — Barnaby Lo (@barnabychuck) May 25, 2018 I can’t imagine how it feels to be a woman in Duterte’s time. Walang linggong hindi niya minaliit o binastos ang kakayahan ng mga babae. Sa iba, nasisikmura niyong ganyan ang tingin sa inyo? — CG (@christiangultz) May 24, 2018 pacquiao - religious fundamentalism, homophobia, among others sotto - anti-intellectualism, miseducation, among others duterte - misogyny, toxic masculinity, among others great. they embody everything wrong abt the philippine culture — Anne (@anneedg) May 25, 2018

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)

My ears are now tired just hearing these misogynist pronouncements. Gosh Digong it's 2018! https://t.co/GGJgcvbI4K — Phaura Reinz (@PhauraReinz) May 25, 2018 A message to the president. And his ilk who think misogyny is cool. Dude, it's 2018, GET WITH THE PROGRAM Check out the hashtags for more messages. #LalabanAko #BabaeAko #LahingDakila pic.twitter.com/OFZNsPblOG — Chai Fonacier (@rrrabidcat) May 25, 2018

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. 

MYSOGYNMY NI DUTERTE–TUTULAN, LABANAN, WAG PAYAGAN! As President Duterte sustain tirades against women, members of the World March of Women launch the #BabaeAko campaign at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City on May 25, 2018. Photos by Angie de Silva/Rappler pic.twitter.com/m4GQ52KgiB — Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) May 25, 2018

Here are more reactions from Twitter users:

Twitter reactions - Curated tweets by rapplerdotcom

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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.