June 03, 2016

Netizens Have Mixed Reactions on Rodrigo Duterte Catcalling Mariz Umali

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President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is under fire again. This time, for catcalling reporter Mariz Umali during a recent press conference.

When asked about the incident, Duterte tells reporters that it was not meant to be sexual. His presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo even said that the wolf whistle was a compliment.

While it is disrespectful to catcall a woman—Mariz’s husband and fellow reporter Raffy Tima said as much in his Facebook post—it seems that netizens have differing opinions on the matter.

On one side, there are those who defended Mariz and condemned the act of catcalling. They even applauded her professionalism during the incident.

The other seems to question why people are “overreacting” regarding the issue, and that she’s a beautiful woman who deserves the president’s wolf whistle.


Some even tweeted Sen. Pia Cayetano, who is part of Duterte’s transition team, on her comments on the matter.

Meanwhile, Mariz has spoken out that she was shocked, but does not expect an apology from Duterte on the incident. However, the question is, would this be a regular thing once our new president takes his place this month? We hope not, and we hope that he doesn’t defend the act further.


Photo courtesy of Mariz Umali’s Instagram


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