By Leslie Ann Aquino
Former chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines (AMRSP), Sr. Mary John Mananzan, said that freedom of speech is not a license to say anything you want. This she said a day after President Duterte made his controversial remarks about women stating that one cannot take away from him his right to freedom of expression.
Duterte said he intentionally makes such remarks as he is trying to bring women to the “limits of despair.”
“Freedom of speech is not a license to say anything you want. It must be within the boundaries of law and human decency,” Mananzan said in an interview.
“Of course, you can say what you want but you may not say libelous words and words injurious to others,” added the nun.
“That’s basic ethical norm and yet he doesn’t know it?” asked Mananzan.
She said Duterte shouldn’t be surprised anymore if more and more women become critical of him.
“So you say insulting and demeaning words to women, then they have the right to criticize you, and condemn what you say,” Mananzan said.