EFFORTS to depict President Rodrigo Duterte as a misogynist are tainted with politics, his closest aide said Wednesday, May 23.
In a statement, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go slammed initiatives to use hashtag Babae Ako (#BabaeAko) to lash out at the President's supposed anti-women tirades.
Go defended Duterte, saying that the President's style of self-expression "has always been taken out of context."
"To say that President Duterte is not pro-women and looks down on women is truly unfair. These allegations are clearly political," he said.
A group of women launched a social media campaign on Sunday, May 20, in retaliation of Duterte's alleged misogynistic behavior.
#BabaeAko Thanks to all who shared our statement vs misogyny and macho-fascism! Your help brings an outpour of support and solidarity throughout the country and around the world! We'll be hosting a meet and greet among advocates and supporters soon so we can plan for next steps! pic.twitter.com/t6oSnDA5cE— Sarah Elago (@sarahelago) May 20, 2018