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Journos react to Sexist remark of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte saying Philippine Presidency not a job for Women

Ironically, countries with women leaders such as New Zealand under Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern and Taiwan under President Tsai Ing-wen, have the best responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recently, President Rodrigo Duterte earned flak over his sexist remark, noting his opposition to women taking on the Presidential post. It was in response to the possible bid of his daughter Mayor Sarah Duterte in the 2022 presidential elections.

Some of the reactions came from journalists who chided Duterte’s sexist and misogynistic statement.

Firstly, we have ABS-CBN broadcast journalist and reporter Karen Davila. In her Twitter account, she noted women as great leaders. She also added that qualified women handle any position they aim to achieve, even the Presidential post.

Then, columnist Francis Baraan IV compared Pres. Duterte to a misogynistic and chauvinistic “male pig” over his statement. Baraan IV also refuted Pres. Duterte’s claims on women’s emotional state, which highlights the reason for his sexist remark.

Broadcast journalist Jules Guiang posted a photo of Pres. Duterte’s days as mayor speaking with Former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, implying that he once answered to a woman who was once the head of state.

Then, Rappler reporter Pia Ranada retweeted the article she wrote, bluntly calling out the president as sexist.

Rappler entertainment reporter Bea Cupin retweeted Ranada’s article, mirroring Pres. Duterte’s claims about emotional state and impulsiveness to men.

Then, columnist JC Punongbayan lauded the sexist description in Ranada’s article, noting the apt title.

Journalist Barnaby Lo threw shade at Pres. Duterte using New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinta Ardern’s success in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.

Finally, writer Tonyo Cruz speculated that the statement resembles an alleged political strategy that puts his daughter in the limelight for her possible candidacy for 2022. He also noted similarities to Pres. Duterte back in 2016, highlighting his politics behind the elections.

It’s not the first time that Pres. Duterte earned flak over his sexist and misogynistic remarks or actions. Throughout his presidency, Pres. Duterte drew flak for his insensitive jokes targeting women and enabling rape culture.

Ironically, countries with women leaders such as New Zealand under Prime Minister Ardern and Taiwan under President Tsai Ing-wen, have the best responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.



On the other hand, the United States of America and the Philippines, coincidentally led by sexist presidents, had a less than fruitful response to the virus, often politicizing the crisis instead of handling it with urgency and decisiveness.

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