MANILA - Gabriela Women's Party blasted ACTS OFW party-list Rep. John Bertiz for blaming his "monthly period" for how he acted in his much-publicized security row with an airport personnel.
In a Facebook post, Gabriela Party-list Representative Emmi de Jesus said a woman's menstrual period should not be used as an excuse.
"Kaming mga babae ay walang problema sa regla. Ang isyu ay ang arogansya niya. Women should not be stereotyped as arrogant and entitled during their menstrual period. Huwag niyang idamay ang kababaihan kasi siya ang may problema," she said.
(We women don't have problems with our menstruation. The issue is his arrogance. Women should not be stereotyped as arrogant and entitled during their menstrual period. He should not drag women into the issue because it is he who has a problem.)
On Monday, Bertiz apologized anew and admitted that in some instances, his fragile nature, work stress and "monthly period" get the better of him.
"Once a year na medyo dapuan po tayo ng monthly period, 'di ko na rin po maiiaalis na tao lang po, na marupok at umiinit ang ulo—naii-stress din sa trabaho," he said.
(Once a year, we get this monthly period. I'm just human, fragile. I get hot-headed and stressed from work.)
Bertiz drew flak on social media after a video of him berating an airport personnel was uploaded on Facebook.
In the video, Bertiz can be seen passing through a metal detector at the NAIA Terminal 2, while supposedly refusing to remove his shoes.
Bertiz then raised what appeared to be an ID, inches away from the face of an airport staff manning the metal detector. The congressman then snatched off the airport personnel's own ID, walking away with it and out of the video's frame.