MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's statement against a woman being the chief justice is misogynistic and unfair, an executive of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Thursday.
“Number one, it is a very misogynistic comment, it is an opinion based on gender and not on the ability or qualifications of a person,” Commissioner Roberto Cadiz said.
Asked about the replacement for ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and told that the Judicial and Bar Council submits nominees for this and the Ombudsman posts, Duterte said: "Mag-nominate sila pero I choose, gusto ko yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course, it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae."
“It is very unfair to women,” Cadiz said.
Cadiz said the statement of the President could mean that he is afraid of women.
“It probably speaks well of women jurists, takot siya sa mga babae because women are more independent and they speak the truth,” Cadiz said.
(It probably speaks well of women jurists, he's scared of women because women are more independent and they speak the truth.)
In an interview on DZMM on Thursday, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte's remark that the next Chief Justice shouldn't be a woman was probably just a joke.
He also pointed out that Duterte has appointed several women to key posts, including new Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat and new acting secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, Virginia Orogo.
Cadiz, meantime, is hoping that the Supreme Court will reverse its decision on Sereno.
“I hope that the justices seriously reconsider their opinion,” Cadiz said.