MANILA (UPDATED) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday explained his preference for male appointees, noting there are certain positions in government tailored for women.
The President said he prefers men in his administration since they could take a barrage of orders and not complain.
“Sabi ayaw ko ng --- ayaw ko talaga ng babae. Gusto ko lalaki kasi marami akong utos. Suddenly, I would just tell you, ‘You go to Marawi because nobody is supervising there.’ Mapagawa mo ba ‘yan sa babae? Ipasubo mo?” Duterte said in a speech in Davao City, referring to the war-torn city in the south.
(I said, I really don’t like appointing women. I prefer men because I have a lot of orders. Suddenly, I would just tell you, ‘You go to Marawi because nobody is supervising there.’ Can you ask women that, force them into that situation?)
Duterte, however, said there are positions that are really meant to be given to women, such as the top post at the tourism department.
“Ako nasanay ako sa lalaki. Pero 'yung mga posisyon na di kailangan — tourism,” he said.
(I’m more used to men. But there are certain posts, such as the tourism portfolio, that are suited for women.)
There are at least five women who are Cabinet-level officials in the Duterte administration: Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Education Secretary Leonor Briones, Acting Social Welfare Secretary Virginia Orogo, National Anti-Poverty Commission Secretary Liza Maza, and National Commission on Muslim Filipinos Secretary Yasmin Busran-Lao.
The President had also appointed other women to top government posts, such as former environment secretary Gina Lopez, former Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, and former housing secretary Vice President Leni Robredo.
Duterte has been criticized for his bias against women and for jokes and acts they deem inappropriate.
In one of his interviews, the President said he would not want a woman to become the next Ombudsman.