NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur - Administration senatorial candidate Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa "belittled" women when he tried to crack a joke "at their expense", 2 Otso Diretso bets said Wednesday, a day after the former police chief gave the remark in a Pampanga sortie.
During the administration slate’s proclamation rally Tuesday, Dela Rosa told voters that the "fastest way to learn Kapampangan was to kiss Pampanga women on the lips to directly transfer the language."
Dela Rosa’s remark was “like the many jokes cracked under the Duterte administration,” human rights lawyer Chel Diokno told reporters.
“Hindi nakakatawa at hindi nakakatuwa. Iresponsable ito,” he said.
“Dumadagdag lang si Gen. Dela Rosa sa problema at tumutulong lang siyang gawing normal ang pambabastos sa kababaihan,” he said.
Otso Diretso bet Samira Gutoc, who is advocating for peace and women empowerment, called on other senatorial candidates to elevate the level of discourse during the campaign period.
“Is that the way we treat our campaign speeches? Ang campaign speech mo, sorry, I have to say it [but] you should uplift. Up the ante. Hindi 'yung at the expense of women,” Gutoc told ABS-CBN News.
“You’re just mimicking the President’s style ulit na sometimes you just belittle women,” she said.
Gutoc served as a Moro assemblywomen under the Duterte administration for 3 months, but resigned from her post after the chief executive poked fun at rape victims.
President Rodrigo Duterte, Dela Rosa’s primary endorser and ally, once said his hometown Davao City had a high crime rate because Davaoeñas were beautiful.When he was a local chief executive, he also said in jest that the “Mayor” should be the first to inappropriately touch an Australian missionary who was allegedly raped by kidnappers.