[Press Release] Commission on Human Rights Issues Resolution on ‘Rape-Joke’ Case -CHR

Commission on Human Rights Issues Resolution on ‘Rape-Joke’ Case

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CHR logoThe Commission on Human Rights (CHR) today released its resolution on Case No.
2016-078 involving the complaint filed by women leaders against Mayor Rodrigo Duterte
for Violation of the Magna Carta of Women for words & acts by him during the Presidential

The CHR, in the dispositive part of the resolution, found the words & actions of
Mayor Duterte to be discriminatory of women that is enjoined by the Magna Carta of
Women. The CHR has asked the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of
Interior and Local Government (DILG) to consider taking appropriate measures for the
violation of the Magna Carta by Mayor Duterte.

Chairperson Chito Gascon said that, “The CHR has the sacred constitutional duty to
protect human rights and to call out persons when these rights are violated no matter what
their position in society may be. The Commission beheves that this mandate does not
exculpate Mayor Duterte from acts committed or words uttered in the course of the
electoral campaign when it involves breaches to fundamental rights, in this case, the
prohibition of gender-based discrimination and violence,”

The same resolution had also made further recommendations to other government
agencies to take positive steps to prevent similar incidents from further happening, to wit:

1. For the Congress to revisit the Magna Carta of Women and to include other
punitive sanctions for direct violations by individuals of the rights
enumerated therein; and to amend Republic Act No. 7877, otherwise known
as the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act, in order to require all employers to
conduct yearly gender sensitivity seminars for all its employees;
2. For the Commission on Elections to ordain and institute a code of conduct for
candidates for public office and political parties to adhere to gender-sensitive
language and conduct during campaigns, and to promote the rights of
3. For the Department of Education and the Commission on Higher Education,
and other educational institutions, to incorporate gender mainstreaming and
gender sensitivity education in their curricula in order to foster a culture of
respect for the rights of women; and

4. For the Civil Service Commission to study the passage of a resolution
requiring all government officials to undergo yearly gender sensitivity
seminars pursuant to Philippine obligations under the Magna Carta of
Women and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of
Discrimination against Women, and to adopt measures to eliminate
prejudices and customary practices that are anchored on the idea of the
inferiority of either of the sexes or their stereotypical roles.

CHR expressed hope that because this complaint had been given due course and
that after serious consideration a resolution on the matter has been issued involving the
conduct of Mayor Duterte, that all stakeholders and in particular public officials would
at all times deport themselves in fully respecting the rights of women guaranteed by the
Magna Carta of Women.

Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights Center
09175874660 / 294-8640
Karapatang Pantao: Likas Sa Atin, Tungkulin Natin
Commonwealth Avenue, UP, Complex, Diliman, 1101, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel. Nos, 927-0172 • 928^2018

Republika ng Pilipinas
Komisyon ng Karapatang Pantao ng Pilipinas
(Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines)
25 May 2016
Ref. Case No. 2016-078

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