Gabriela party-list Rep. Luzviminda Ilagan, who ran for councilor of Davao in the May polls, said catcalling is “not a form of sexual harassment.”
Ilagan backed Duterte’s explanation that catcalls are not sexual harassment.
“It’s not sexual harassment. Whistling is not a form of sexual harassment…Siguro improper lang siya na behavior under the circumstances na hindi dapat ganoon,” she said.
“If you are calling the attention of this reporter, you could have used the other way… We have to accept that our President is different and he is working under a cultural way of communicating.. Ganoon naman talaga ang mga Bisaya. They are sarcastic. We exaggerate. We make fun, pero accepted naman talaga. It’s just a manner of speaking but not the thought, it’s not the content.”
Ilagan, who earlier voiced support for Duterte’s candidacy, said the president-elect should have a moderator in future press conferences.
“I suggest he should have a moderator, also isali rin yung mukha ng mga nagtatanong. Hindi lang nakafocus sa kanya para makita natin yung gestures,” she said.