MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – President Rodrigo Duterte is in hot water after he commented that women are not fit for the Presidency. He made the statement as he denied speculation that his daughter Sara is running in 2022 to succeed him.
Many women and advocates criticized the President, tagging his statement as misogynistic.
But Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified that Duterte was misquoted, and that Duterte did not say “Hindi ito pambabae” (it’s not for women). What the President said, according to Roque was “Hindi ito pambababae” (It’s not about womanizing).
Roque said that the context of his statement had something to do with past Presidents who have been known to be womanizers or were romantically linked to women other than their First Ladies.
Now that’s clear.