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Women react to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte’s misogynistic statement regarding female leaders

Netizens called out Duterte for his sexist comment that women are not fit to be the president

President Rodrigo Duterte is once again under fire for making a misogynistic comment after being questioned if his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, will run for the 2022 Presidential elections.

He stated that his daughter is aware of his opposition to the idea of her succeeding him in the Presidential seat.

“My daughter, inuudyok naman nila. Sabi ko my daughter is not running. I have told Inday not to run kasi naawa ako sa dadaanan niya na dinaanan ko,” Duterte said during a speech for the inauguration of the Skyway Stage 3.

The president then added that the job is not for women and compared the “emotional set-up” between males and females.

“Hindi ito pambabae. Alam mo, the emotional set-up of a woman and a man is totally different. Maging gago ka dito. That is the sad story.”

This comment earned thousands of disappointed reactions from netizens. Women have stated that someone’s emotional setup has nothing to do with how she leads and added that the president is just “sexist”.

Someone added that being a president is supposed to be for those who are competent and are fit for the position, and was never about a leader’s gender.

@jehdroid claimed that anyone can be President as long as they are not like the current one.

“Many of his supporters probably have the same mindset as him,” a netizen said, talking about the DDS.

Insecure? A netizen then accused the president of having a “fragile ego” that shatters whenever a woman outperforms him.

Another pointed out that Duterte is “reaping the benefits” of the work of a woman who was the President for nine years.

He’s talking about the former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

“As if he has done enough for his countrymen,” said @putasiumm.

Another then advised Duterte to look at women-led countries are doing amid the pandemic.

Female leaders around the world have been praised for their effective and immediate actions regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. New Zealand, Taiwan, and Germany are often mentioned when it comes to proactive policies and responses. All three countries are led by women.

These female leaders’ performance during the COVID-19 pandemic opened a global experiment when it comes to national crisis management and it has captured the attention of the media.

It is said that it shows that women are more risk-averse than men as the three countries mentioned are one of the first ones to issue lockdowns as soon as the pandemic hit early last year. Empathy can also be one of the explanations because their risk aversion can also apply to the losses of human life.

On January 8, Sara Duterte stated that she has told her father that she did not intend to run in the 2022 elections.

“He also said he did not want me to run but nothing about gender was discussed,” she added.

Written by J M

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