Saturday| July 1, 2017
Misogyny, extrajudicial killings and human rights crisis have marked the first year of President Duterte in office, said Senator Risa Hontiveros on Friday, June 30.
Thus, she called it a “year of grieving.”
“If we assess the first year of the Duterte administration, it is clear that it is a dangerous year to be a woman. It is the year of misogyny and relentless killings. It is a year of grieving,” Hontiveros said in a speech during a women empowerment forum at the Ateneo De Manila University.
“In the government’s abusive war on drugs alone, how many wives have lost their husbands? How many mothers have lost their sons and daughters? How many of our fellow women have lost their lives? How many more must suffer and die?” she told the audience.
The minority senator hit the Duterte administration for harboring a “a growing climate of misogyny and sexism in this country.”
Hontiveros recently became a victim of fake news after a spliced clip of her television interview where she allegedly supported the Maute group circulated online.
But the senator said she, along with other progressive women in the government, will not relent.
“They can shame us with rape jokes, barrage us with fake news and threaten us with trumped up charges and even incarceration, but we will not relent. We will continue to resist. We need more progressive women to fight because if some men are too afraid to stand up for human dignity, then, it will be the courage of women that will take up the torch, beat the drum, and lead the way,” she said.
Hontiveros said Duterte’s first year should also be a “day of remembrance” for the victims of drug war killings, noting the reported more than 12,000 deaths since the drug war started in July based on the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) won records.
“In a few weeks, the President will deliver his second State of the Nation Address (SONA). Even as government downplays this colossal human rights crisis and in some cases, even denies the very existence of these killings, we need to remember,” she said.
“We must never forget nor dismiss this sanctioned and deliberate crime against the people. The act of remembering is a revolutionary and courageous act. To forget is an assault upon truth. To forget is to erase our humanity,” the senator added.