GABRIELA USA spokeswoman calls out Duterte for “sexist” comments
SAN FRANCISCO — Joms Salvador, a spokeswoman for the Filipina-led activist organization GABRIELA, is calling out President Rodrigo Duterte.
She believes Pres. Duterte making sexist comments, and that his jokes about rape, and the kissing of a migrant Pinay woman onstage in South Korea are all actions that should not be tolerated.
“It’s unacceptable for a president to be behaving and saying things like Duterte does, deserves a call out not only from women but from men as well because we don’t want a whole generation of young Filipinos thinking it’s normal to be doing that.”
To fight against sexism and misogyny, she is bringing the hash-tag #BabaeAko campaign to the US, urging other Filipina-Americans and all women to unite.
The online campaign has already been named as the top 25 most influential on the internet of 2018 by TIME magazine.
While social media is the vehicle driving the #BabaeAko campaign — it is also a weapon used against them.
“It’s a new trend to be called out on your social media account, to be receiving threats, threats of rape even.”
Threats that she says she simply brushes off.
Despite her problems with Duterte, Salvador says that another female president may not be the answer, either.
“It depends. Whether you are a woman or a man it really boils down on what principals you stand by what is your track record and once in power what can you really deliver.”
Salvador is on a four-state tour before returning to the Philippines.