Duterte critic is now President-elect Duterte’s staunchest defender in light of “catcalling controversy”

In a twist of fate, a known critic and a self-confessed VP Binay endorser during the election campaign period is now President-elect Duterte’s staunchest defender.

Not entirely a convert but there has been instances wherein the La Salle professor applauds the policy pronouncements and Cabinet appointments of leftists activists to important positions in the national government by the incoming President.

If you’d recall, President-elect Duterte has been crucified on TV and social media for exhibiting an inappropriate behavior during a press conference.

To the extent that President-elect Duterte’s celebrity endorser, Lisa Dino, even called him out to issue a public apology in regards to the Mariz Umali catcalling controversy.

Whether what he did in his own perspective is intentional or not, the fact that the receiver felt it was IMPROPER should be enough reason to warrant an apology. Not necessarily because she was ‘harassed,’ or she was ‘sexually abused’ but because she was OFFENDED. Kahit hindi sinasadya, naoffend sya, so nararapat lang na humingi sya ng dispensa (Even if it wasn’t intentional, the reporter was offended so it is appropriate that [Duterte] should apologize).”

While critics agree that President-elect Duterte is guilty of sexual harassment of sorts in light of “catcalling” incident involving GMA News reporter Mariz Umali, Dr. Antonio Contreras has a different take on the issue.

Take the time to read his post in response to the meme that has been bouncing off online lately.

Unfortunately, the way the ordinance is constructed talks of “whistling with words having dirty connotations or implications.” The enumeration of the acts of cursing, whistling or calling is with reference to such qualifier, for indeed the act of mere cursing or calling do not amount to sexual harassment if these are not joined by gender-derogatory words. So placing the act of whistling in the enumeration and in between the two acts that would require the use of words that demean the woman would unfortunately impose on the act of whistling the same qualifications before it can be considered as sexual harassment.

Dr. Contreras latest post provides us with a deeper and intellectual insight of President-elect Duterte’s rather “crude” behavior in the eyes of the elitist netizens.


I am reminded by Michel Foucault and his repressive hypothesis. I am reflecting on how rules on morals and decency have become so place and class-specific that you see people in slum areas taking a bath in communal artesian wells with women in dusters and men in briefs or shorts, all in “wet look” but with no malice at all. And in the same spaces you hear an explosion of verbal references to genitalia like there is no tomorrow, but again in a playful manner as part of the bond that cements the community, and not to sexually harass or demean.

And your realize that Foucault may have a point when he theorized that sex has been banished into confessionals and private spaces by a Victorian (i.e. elitist) way of life but we keep on talking about it in our hypocritical ways. Meanwhile, the ordinary people talk about it everyday with gusto not as a taboo but as a sign of familiarity — in tambayans, in radio talk shows by the tambalan ng balasubas at balahura, or by Rocky Tera and Lyka Barista. In this world, catcalling may not necessarily be harassment but a raw gesture of admiration, in the same manner as a putang ina is not necessarily cussing but an expression of camaraderie.

This is the world that approves of PDU30, whistling and cursing and all. And these are the people who voted for him and form his constituency.

Even as we, the “new Victorians,” the “decent ones” are disoriented as we are confronted with those whose discourse we have objectified, demeaned, marginalized and silenced, telling us it is now their time and we better listen

What are your thoughts on this?

SOURCE: Dr.Antonio Contreras


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