MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque defended President Rodrigo Duterte over his preference for male candidates for the vacant positions of ombudsman and chief justice.
During an interview in Malacañang Wednesday, May 16, President Duterte said he does not want a politician, especially women, for the positions.
“Mag-nominate sila (Judicial and Bar Council) pero I choose. Gusto ko iyong bilib ang tao sa integrity niya. Of course it could not be a politician. Lalo na hindi babae,” Duterte said.
Meanwhile, Gabriela party-list said the President’s remarks were alarming.
“We are perturbed and extremely enraged that the sickest form of misogyny sits at the presidential seat in Malacañang,” the group said in a statement Thursday, May 17.
In response, Roque insisted that there was no discrimination in the President’s remarks though he admitted that he still has to clarify the matter with the Chief Executive.
“Sa aking pagkakaalam po,wala naman pong diskriminsasyon sa kababaihan. Kahit sino po pupwedeng maupo sa pwesto,” Roque said in a press briefing in Malacanang, Thursday, May 17.
(As far as I know, there is no discrimination against women. Anybody may qualify for the post.)
President Duterte appointed female officials as members of his Cabinet namely Social Welfare Secretary Judy Taguiwalo, resigned Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo and the latest female appointee, Tourism Secretary Berna Romulo-Puyat. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue