The Commission on Human Rights called out Pres. Rodrigo Duterte for making sexist and misogynistic Jones during the Cabinet briefing on the recent typhoons, calling it a form of violence against women.
Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit said: “We remind the President and other high-ranking officials of their obligation not to perpetuate nor tolerate violence against women.”
The human rights body further condemned the normalization of such jokes, saying that this type of violence cannot be tolerated or excused.
As a signatory to the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Philippines’ laws require the government to prevent violence in all its forms.
Dumpit asserted that using sex jokes as a coping strategy–which presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the President was doing–sent the message that sexism in government was normal.
We remind the President that during the height of the typhoon, a girl was raped and was later found half-naked, bleeding and unconscious on a vacant lot in Paluig, Zambales; a woman gave birth in an evacuation center; and many women and girls had to deal with the impact of the disaster — often left to source water, food, and care for children, the ill and the elderly,” the Commissioner said.
She went on to say that the Cabinet should have instead taken steps for an immediate and gendered response during and post-disaster.
In the response briefing earlier, Pres. Duterte cracked a joke at a Cabinet official for “having plenty of women” and then remarked that an acquaintance died of lack of women.