Singer Kitchie Nadal has reacted strongly to the recent confession of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte about having a second wife and two other girlfriends.
In an event with his supporters called “Mad for Change” last November 29, Duterte confessed, “May asawa ako, may cancer. May pangalawang asawa ako... May dalawa pa akong girlfriends. O, totoo.”
Duterte's statement divided his supporters; some have vowed to stay on, others have turned away. The general reaction ranged from shock to scorn to dismay.
In all appearances, Kitchie counts among those who were turned off by Mayor Duterte's confession.
The singer-songwriter reminded voters about marital laws that Duterte should follow on her Facebook status last December 2.
She wrote, “Womanizing [not womanizers] has to be condemned and not condoned.
“This is a serious problem in our country for many generations and the reason why our country has become MATRIARCHAL—mothers have to take all the responsibility of raising whole family, while the husbands womanize with society’s quiet approval.”
“It has become part of our culture to think that our leaders’ 'private lives' have no lasting impact in society, when the reality is that followers and constituents emulate and follow the lead of their leaders.
“If ever you are thinking of voting for Mayor Duterte (and I include myself), we should keep in mind that men and women should uphold marital laws as seriously as criminal laws, because family is the very foundation of our society.”
Kitchie also stressed that a presidential candidate like Duterte should at least respect the law.
“We should follow these laws for the sake of our children, mothers, and wives – and that means every one of us – because their violation would lead to social chaos.
“Mayor Duterte, with all due respect, If you cannot follow these marital laws for your family, at least respect these laws for the rest of the families of our nation by upholding them still, like how you want us to sacrifice and respect other laws you are upholding no matter how hard it will be for many.”
In anticipation of negative reactions to her FB status, Nadal told her followers: “Naiintindihan ko yung hinaing ninyo para sa bansa.
“Kung gusto nyo talaga ng #pagbabago€, simulan nyo sa pagbibigay respeto sa mga comments ninyo. Hindi puro yabang.
“Please lang, hindi ako nanay ninyo para lecturan kayo at ipaala ng pag galang sa kapwa. Gawin nating itong productive alang lang sa bansa.”
Here's the full Facebook post of Kitchie: