S*xual harassment rampant in Leftist groups? Female victim cries s*xual harassment vs transport group leader, says other victims willing to come out

National President of the transport group PISTON George San Mateo has been accused of s*xual harassment by a former female colleague in the leftist movement.

The victim was identified as Ms Andrea Lim by radio host and blogger Mark Lopez in a Facebook post published on 25 September 2019.

Lopez shared the information as narrated to him by Ms Lim by a personal message.

Lim said this happened sometime in 2014 when she was still active in the movement. She also said that she has filed a formal complaint with Anakbayan (addressed to chairperson Vencer Crisostomo) as per the org’s internal mechanism, which in turn was supposed to be acted upon by the leadership of Piston.

However, Lim told Lopez that there was no outright response from the part of Anakbayan and PISTON, other than being told that that there was a Disciplinary Action imposed on San Mateo.

Lim doubted if there was a such as DA since she never approached by anyone from both orgs to formally address her grievance?

Lim told Lopez that other women members are coming out with their stories of s*xual harassment from San Mateo and other leftist leaders.

Considering this shocking confession from an Anakbayan female member, Lopez couldn’t help but gloat at the unmasking of the hypocrisies San Mateo and other leftist leaders who loves to publicly claim moral ascendancy in matters of human rights and the evils of exploitation and abuse.

Lopez hinted that Ms Lim is bent on pursuing a s*xual harassment case vs. George San Mateo, even to the extent of lodging a VAWCi complaint with the PNP Women and Children Protection Center.

Lopez posted the screen cap photos of the convo between George San Mateo and Ms. Andrea Lim.

Lopez also tagged Senators Hontiveros and Poe to know how the two women reacts to this complaint.

You may read Mark Lopez’s original article below.

TRANSPORT HARASSMENT

Sir George San Mateo of Piston,

I understand that you are currently in the forefront and in the midst of preparation for what is being billed as the largest transport strike in the country this coming September 30.

In all honesty, I really do not know what that strike would achieve except maybe add to opportunity loss for all of us, and extra effort on the part of the government and the citizens to address the impact of your plan.

Which really would amount to nothing accomplished.

And which will only serve to amplify how your movement has really degenerated into a tiresome, and meaningless charade bereft of its original ideals.

Wala ng dating sa taumbayan Sir, at paulet ulet lang sya.

Perhaps mas dapat pong asikasuhin nyo ang turmoil sa grupo nyo and how it is being exposed for its hypocrisy, and being a front for nefarious activities.

Ikaw Sir George eh ang ang isang example. Kasi po, may malaki kang problema.

A former Anakbayan activist and colleague in the leftist movement, a Ms Andrea Lim has approached us, and is accusing you of sexual harassment.

Ms Lim said this happened sometime in 2014 when she was still active in the movement. She also said that she has filed a formal complaint with Anakbayan (addressed to chairperson Vencer Crisostomo) as per the org’s internal mechanism, which in turn was supposed to be acted upon by the leadership of Piston.

Below are the proof of your alleged harassment.

But Ms Lim said there was no outright response from both Anakbayan and Piston, even as she was informed that there was a Disciplinary Action imposed on you. The thing is, if there ever was a DA, how come Ms Lim was never approached by anyone from both orgs to formally address her grievance?

Ms Lim has also informed me that other former members are now going to come out, and narrate their own experience of sexual harassment from you and other leftist leaders.

It appears that this type of disgusting behavior is rampant among the leaders of your movement, which is ironic considering that you all publicly claim moral ascendancy in matters of human rights and the evils of exploitation and abuse.

Worse, it seems that the leadership of your organizations tolerate and condone these misogynistic tendencies.

Ms Lim is bravely coming out again, because she feels that you have been getting away from this, and that you may be still at it. She is still seeking justice, not only for herself, but to the many who have become victims.

She is more than willing to pursue this, even to the point of necessarily lodging a VAWCi complaint with the PNP Women and Children Protection Center

In the interest of fairness Mr San Mateo, please free to contact me so that we can publish your side of the issue.

Your move Sir…

Risa Hontiveros
Grace Poe

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