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In his recent vagrant display of machismo, Duterte kissed a married OFW woman in front of overseas Filipino workers in his visit to Seoul, Korea.
Duterte's sexism is nothing new. Like any abuser, his behavior is on a repetitive high. It happened when he was mayor and it is no surprise that he has brought his rotten behavior as the highest public official of the land. Like his Drug War Killing mania, his kissing spree is a macho power trip. An attempt to beg for affirmation among his barkada of fellow bastos and thugs.
It is the height of impunity against women and against all of us. Women are viewed as weak and as objects. Men are taught that it is normal to be aggressive and force themselves to women. It is toxic, cowardly, and dangerous.
We have long shouted this. Kabastusan is not love of land and people. Kabastusan is cowardice and insecurity projected as hate and intimidation. Kabastusan is a fragile sense of power over women.
Mr. Duterte, it is only a matter of time until our rage and anger will catapult you out of the power we have granted to you. We say enough! Filipinos deserve better!###