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Duterte’s sexist tirades

Vice President Leni Robredo says “jokes” about molesting sleeping househelp “normalize” sexual abuse.

On her weekly radio show, Robredo says that telling jokes is not wrong but says in Filipino that “there are some jokes that really shouldn’t be told.”

President Rodrigo Duterte reaped criticism last week for saying he had touched a sleeping househelp when he was still a teen. The Palace has said that the president’s story was made up and was supposedly meant to highlight sexual abuse by Catholic priests.

Robredo says the “joke” could put Filipino OFWs at risk and says the president’s story seems to have been told “without considering so many of our fellow Filipinos work as domestic helpers abroad and there have been many cases of abuse.”

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