Magdalo party-list Representative Gary Alejano on Sunday, May 20 once again criticized President Rodrigo Duterte. This time, the Liberal Party (LP) ally lawmaker slammed the president over his recent statement saying that the next Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice to replace Maria Lourdes Sereno should not be a woman.
“I cannot believe that a leader of a free nation in this age of democracy can still harbor such an outdated and depraved view of women. Man or woman, the qualifications of the next Chief Justice should hinge on competence, impartiality, and integrity, as these are the essential qualities he or she should have,” Rep. Alejano said in a statement.
“Duterte is acting like a 1970s dictator with the ideals and principles of a 19th-century man, and he feels sorely entitled to it as can be seen in the manner he flaunts it. Walang puwang sa ating lipunan ang ganyang kakitid at maling-mali na paniniwala. (There’s no space in the society for narrow-minded people like him.)” He added.
Last Wednesday, President Duterte revealed his preference to be the next Chief justice to replace Sereno. “Gusto ko ‘yung bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. (I want someone with an integrity that the public admires.) Of course it could not be a politician, lalo na hindi babae, (especially not a woman.)” He told reporters in Malacañang.
Alejano, who is reported to be running for senator in the 2019 elections, noted that Duterte’s list of insensitive remarks against women goes back to the presidential campaign period days when he joked about the rape of an Australian missionary, Jacqueline Hamill, who died during a riot inside the Davao City prison in 1989.
“He is bringing shame to our country. No leader in his right mind would dare say those things, much less be proud in saying it. This gung-ho attitude is not what makes a good leader,” Alejano stressed out, noting that President Duterte also had sexist remarks against Vice President Leni Robredo, Senator Leila de Lima, among other women in public office.
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