[PLM-Kababaihan, together with allied groups BMP & Sanlakas, held a picket infront of the Liberal Party headquarters in Cubao, Quezon City, denouncing the hiring of women performers who were made to do lewd dances at the birthday bash of an LP trapo leader in Laguna. The event was attended by LP presidential candidate Mar Roxas and senatorial candidate Francis Tolentino. The LP trapo in Laguna said the lewd dances, mimicking sexual acts to male membership of the LP in the area, were normal in the party circles.]
Statement of PLM-Kababaihan on the Liberal Party’s bash in Laguna
where women performers were hired to do lewd dances for the trapos
We condemn, in the strongest possible terms the act of treating women as sex objects, and serving them as gifts by a Senatorial candidate of the ruling Liberal Party to a leading party stalwart in Laguna.
This blatant commodification of women was done in the presence of Mr. Tolentino himself, the Senatorial candidate. Mar Roxas, Liberal Party’s standard bearer or presidential candidate, who was there with the local LP leaders, did nothing to stop the lewd acts, which we deemed as an act of complicity to something that is in utter disregard of the principle of gender sensitivity and equality.
No amount of denial from Mr. Tolentino himself, and the self-serving condemnation from Malacanang Palace, could erase the offending and insulting damage inflicted on the dignity of our Filipino women.
We call on our women sisters to reject the Senatorial candidacy of Mr. Tolentino and we call on the Filipino masses to reject the arrogant display of traditional politics which is ruled by the patriarchal hegemony of the ruling elite.
End sexism and commodification of women!
End the rule of patriarchal capitalism!!!