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Hontiveros hits sexism under Duterte
MANILA, Philippines - Sen. Risa Hontiveros yesterday lamented what she described as the prevailing climate of sexism and misogyny under the Duterte administration.
In her speech at a forum at the University of the Philippines on President Duterte’s coming State of the Nation Address, Hontiveros hit the “hokage culture” in government.
She was referring to a description by local Facebook groups that posted revealing pictures of unsuspecting women who were in turn indecently talked about by members.
The accounts, particularly that of a so-called “Pastor Hokage,” were taken down by Facebook following widespread condemnation.
“Recently, the despicable ‘Pastor Hokage culture’ of posting and sharing obscene photos of women and children online reared its ugly head,” Hontiveros, chair of the Senate committee on women, said.
She said she was not surprised by the degrading phenomenon as the “Hokage culture was alive and well in the halls of Congress” when lawmakers attempted to a show a fake sex video of Sen. Leila de Lima when the House of Representatives was probing her alleged links to illegal drug syndicates.
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“The ‘hokage’ culture is also solidly embodied by no less than the President himself who has singlehandedly driven to unparalleled extremes male chauvinism, misogyny and sexism,” Hontiveros said.
Duterte has been criticized for his sexually charged and sexist jokes.
During a campaign rally in April last year, he was condemned for joking about the rape and killing of an Australian missionary during a hostage-taking incident in Davao City in 1989.
Last week, he made another rape joke before a visiting delegation of Filipino-American tourists on Miss Universe candidates.