Veteran broadcast journalist Raffy Tima shared his sentiments on president-elect Rodrigo Duterte’s latest public blunder.
In a Facebook post, Kapuso news anchor Tima condemned Duterte’s catcalling of his wife, journalist Mariz Umali. Tima said, “Catcalling My Wife Is Wrong In So Many Levels. I expected that from a Mayor Duterte. I know his reputation well enough not to be shocked by it, but that does not make it right.”
The incident happened at a press conference in Davao on Tuesday, May 31, when Umali asked Duterte a question about non-performing cabinet officials. Before Duterte answered, he whistled at Umali after s “Talagang nagpapansin ka talaga sa atin ano?” (You’re really trying to get my attention eh?)
Tima said that “for someone who espouses leadership by example” catcalling a female reporter during a press conference being broadcast to the public defies logic.
Tima also shared his disgust at how people in the room reacted to Duterte’s catcalling. He said those who laughed and made teasing noises encouraged the incoming president to continue with his behavior.
In conclusion, Tima said some jokes are funny, but disrespecting women is not one of them.
Here’s the complete post (in italics) of Raffy Tima regarding Duterte’s catcalling.
Catcalling My Wife Is Wrong In So Many Levels I expected that from a Mayor Duterte. I know his reputation well enough…
Catcalling My Wife Is Wrong In So Many Levels
I expected that from a Mayor Duterte. I know his reputation well enough not to be shocked by it, but that does not make it right. For someone who espouses leadership by example, catcalling anyone in a press conference with all cameras trained on him defies logic. Then again, thats Mayor Duterte.
What appalled me even more was how some people in the room reacted. Most laughed, others made teasing noise and basically urged the mayor to dish some more! And he did. I do hope none of them were journalists because if they were, shame on them.
When you see or hear anyone say something wrong you do not encourage it, you do the opposite. Or in that particular instance at least, they should have kept quite and in their silence gave the message that what the mayor did was wrong.
Some jokes are funny and should be laughed at… but disrespecting women is definitely not one of them