Hontiveros urges Alvarez to reign in his ‘bastos’ boys
Senator Risa Honteveros expressed her disappointment to some members of House committee on justice for destroying Senator Leila De Lima’s reputation as a woman.
“The intention was clear. Members of the committee were grossly unparliamentary. Their derogatory line of questioning did not aim to shed light on the issue of the drug trade in our prisons. They were meant to humiliate and shame Senator De Lima for her association with a certain man, or her past relationship,” said Hontiveros.
“It is shameful that this nation’s supposed leaders, elected representatives of the Filipino people, made the shaming of women a political strategy and a spectacle in the ‘honorable’ chambers of Congress. Even the very premise of focusing on Sen. De Lima’s past relationship reeks of elitism. It assumes that people of a certain social and political stature shouldn’t or couldn’t enter into relationships with people belonging to a different social class, and should be the subject of ridicule,” said Hontiveros.
“I join Senate President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel Jr. and my other fellow Senators in calling on the members of the HoR to observe and respect the principles of co-equality and inter-chamber courtesy even with their issuance of a show cause order to Sen. De Lima. It is prudent for both the House and the Senate to first conclude their respective inquiries on the issue,” said Hontiveros.
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