'Kembot Girls' in NP sorties irk Pia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 23 2010 11:09 AM | Updated as of Mar 23 2010 07:28 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Reelectionist Sen. Pia Cayetano on Tuesday said she is against the Nacionalista Party's use of the Wowowee's 'Kembot Girls' in their campaign sorties.

"I am not happy about taking advantage of women in terms of Kembot Girls. Hindi ako sang-ayon doon (I am against that)," Cayetano said during a one-on-one interview with ANC's Headstart.

Cayetano, who is running under the NP banner, said she has raised this concern with the NP's concert organizers. She said that while she believes that there is "nothing wrong with being sexy," the NP concert organizers should find another way of using the presence of the Kembot Girls.

"I am a women's advocate. Sina Liza Maza, Gwen Pimentel, we are happy they (Kembot Girls) are there to help entertain, but you can do it in a way that highlights the strength of women," Cayetano said.

She said that a little "showing of skin" is not a problem, but the NP concert organizers should be able to avoid highlighting the "women's sexuality" with the use of the sexy dancers.

The NP has recently came up with a new political advertisement showcasing its women candidates including Cayetano, Maza, Pimentel, reelectionist Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, Susan "Toots" Ople and vice-presidential candidate, Sen. Loren Legarda.

Cayetano said that the NP wants to tell the voters that it pro-women because "we have the most number of the most qualified women candidates.'