Group of women journalists condemn showing of De Lima's alleged sex video

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Aside from Senators Grace Poe-Llamanzares and Risa Hontiveros, a group of women media writers released an official statement to express dismay to Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez's (left photo) proposal to watch Sen. Leila De Lima's (right photo) alleged sex video in House probe.


Isang official statement ang inilabas ng grupo ng mga babaeng media writers sa bansa upang kondenahin ang mungkahi ni Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez na ipalabas ang diumano'y sex video ni Senator Leila De Lima sa isinasagawang inquiry sa Bilibid drug trade.

Nauna nang sinabi ni Alvarez na hindi iligal ang pagpapakita ng sinasabing sex video ni De Lima sa House inquiry lalo pa't kung mapapatunayan dito kung may relasyon nga ang senadora sa driver nito na si Ronnie Dayan.

Si Dayan ang itinuturo ng ilang inmates na tumatanggap diumano ng drug money para kay De Lima.

Sa official statement ng Women Writers In Media Now ngayong tanghali ng Sabado, October 1, tinawag nilang “vile, sexist, if not outright misogynistic” ang intensyon ni Alvarez na ipalabas ang diumano'y sex video ng senadora sa House inquiry.

“It is meant to defile a human being, who is, by right, entitled to respect, privacy, and dignity,” saad pa sa pahayag.

Malinaw rin daw itong paglabag sa karapatang pantao.

Nauna nang kinondena nina Senators Grace Poe-Llamanzares at Risa Hontiveros ang pagpapakita ng sex video sa House probe.

READ: Senators Grace Poe and Risa Hontiveros oppose showing of alleged sex video of Sen. Leila de Lima

Narito ang kabuuang pahayag ng grupo ng mga kababaihang manunulat sa media ng bansa o Women Writers In Media Now:

SLUT-SHAMING IS AN ASSAULT ON ALL WOMEN

We, the WOMEN WRITERS IN MEDIA NOW, are outraged.

The intent of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, supported by the Secretary of Justice, to show during a House hearing the video, purportedly of a woman senator having sex, is vile, sexist, if not outright misogynistic. It is meant to defile a human being, who is, by right, entitled to respect, privacy, and dignity.

This behavior of our national leaders is a disgrace. It violates the right of every person—female or male, whistleblower or lackey, young or old, ordinary citizen or senator—to the guarantees of dignity and respect by our Constitution. It is, for us, a source of anguish and anger that the leaders of the House and the Executive show no trepidation or qualm about violating these guarantees, with malice towards one.

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We are incensed by this cavalier threat by the Speaker and the Secretary of Justice to expose the sexual proclivities, real or imagined, of any person. This is an abuse of power. It effectively defiles a person who has not been proven to be in the right or in the wrong. And, even if the person were eventually found to be in the wrong, what can that person’s sex life have to do with the case under investigation, other than to shame the accused, titillate the public, and herald the powers of a speaker and a justice secretary?

As journalists and as women, we are enraged by this virtual rape of Senator Leila De Lima by our lawmakers. We are scandalized by this attack on her basic constitutional right to dignity and privacy.

Slut-shaming is cruel, despicable, and in this case, un-parliamentary. It is, at its core, an assault on all women. Yes, on all of us. Your very own wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, cousins, and friends.

All of you who smack your lips with delight at the thought of exhibiting a sex video to the world to shame a woman, are you not descending to the level of perverts? Yes, perverts.

A man, no matter how crass, is not made to undergo such a punishment. But, under a misogynistic government, women are fair game. When a woman rails against the powers to express outrage, she is dismissed as hysterical; when a man hurls personal insults in anger, he is lauded as decisive. When a woman is sexually active, she is shamed; when a man has multiple sex partners, he is extolled.

These vestiges of a double-standard have no place in our society in the 21stcentury. We demand the respect due us who hold up half the sky. We demand to be treated as co-equal partners in building our nation.

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We must put an end to this ugly voyeurism that has publicly debased a woman senator without regard for her personhood. We call out our legislators' impaired thought processes. We want the return of respect, dignity, and due process for all. We insist, as citizens, to be treated right.

We still, after all, live under a democracy, last we looked.?

Signed October 1, 2016


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