By Marjaleen Ramos
“Calling me hija will not belittle my point.”
Frankie Pangilinan, daughter of Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan and actress Sharon Cuneta, responded to broadcast journalist Ben Tulfo, who addressed her as “hija” following her opinion on rape.
“Rape culture is real and a product of this precise line of thinking, where the behavior is normalized, particularly by men,” Pangilinan said on Twitter Sunday.
The way anyone dresses should not be deemed as an “opportunity” to sexually abuse women, she added.
Tulfo on Saturday pointed out to Pangilinan that “a rapist or a juvenile sex offender’s desire to commit a crime will always be there.”
“All they need is an opportunity, when to commit the crime. Sexy ladies, careful with the way you dress up! You are inviting the beast,” the journalist said in a tweet.
“Batang bata ka pa para malaman mo ang mundo. Hija, iba mag-isip ang mga manyakis at mga rapists. Hindi natin sila matuturuan at mababago ang kanilang pagnanasa at pagiging kriminal,” Tulfo said in a separate statement in his online program “Bitag” official Facebook page.
“Ang tanging magagawa ay manamit nang tama. Huwag nating pukawin ang pagnanasa nila. Ito ang iyong magagawa,” he added.
This came after Pangilinan’s statement: “STOP TEACHING GIRLS HOW TO DRESS?? TEACH PEOPLE NOT TO RAPE.”
Tulfo also mentioned the controversial law made by Pangilinan’s father. “Bago natin sila baguhin, baguhin muna natin ang sarili’t pag-iisip natin. Gets mo Hija? Tatay mo ang author ng Juvenile Law.”
The Philippine National Police’s (PNP) Lucban Municipal Police Station in Quezon Province drew flak for posting on its official Facebook page on Thursday, June 11, a public reminder about the prevention of sex crimes.
In its social media post, it said that women should be loved and should not be subjected to abuse.
But the problem was in the second paragraph of the post which read: “ Kayo naman mga gherlsz, wag kayo magsusuot ng pagkaikli-ikling damit at pag naman nabastos ay magsusumbong din sa amin. Isipin nyo rin! (And for you girls, don’t wear skimpy clothes because if you are harassed, you would be seeking our assistance. Think about it!).”
The post has since been taken down.
In a statement Saturday, PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa ordered the Directorate for Police Community Relations (DPCR) to look into the incident.