Following yet another sexist joke uttered by President Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Leni Robredo and party-list Gabriela criticized the exchange of sexist jokes among government officials during a briefing about Typhoon Ulysses.
Speaking in the province of Camarines Sur, Duterte said that one local official in the meeting, a former classmate from law school, had grown “old” from constant womanizing.
“He spent all his time on (women), he got old. That really makes you old. Too many women – that really makes you old,” the president joked.
Duterte also joked that someone who had recently died from COVID-19 passed away because he had been “deprived of women,” according to some local reports.
Robredo said she did not personally hear Duterte’s jokes. She, however, said if the country is going through “something really serious,” the government should “communicate how urgent a particular matter is.”
“Napakahalaga yung mensahe na we are giving utmost urgency on things that are really urgent. Pag dinadaan kasi siya sa or pag binibigyan ng atensyon yung ibang bagay, yung nae-evoke natin, nako-communicate natin, mali; nako-communicate natin na hindi ito ganun kaimportante na seseryosohin natin,” the vice president stressed.
Echoing Robredo, Gabriela party-list Rep. Arlene Brosas castigated Duterte for “still having the audacity to blabber inappropriate jokes when people literally drowned and died due to a series of calamities.”
“Sa gitna ng sunod-sunod na kalamidad habang nasa panahon ng pandemya, ang kailangan ng mga Pilipino ngayon ay hindi payaso kundi epektibong pamumuno at kongkretong plano,” said Brosas.
“Instead of dropping sexist remarks, the government should double time in providing emergency assistance. (He) should also apologize and explain its lack of preparedness and inadequate response tantamount to criminal neglect,” she added.