Palace hopes President-elect Rodrigo Duterte to respect women when he assumes presidency

Malacanang said it expects president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to adhere to the principles protecting women’s rights enshrined in the Magna Carta for Women when he takes office on June 30.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Wednesday ruled that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte violated the Magna Carta of Women when he gave a controversial comment on the rape and killing of an Australian missionary many years ago.

“In adopting the Resolution, the CHR, as an independent and constitutionally created body, has done its duty in fulfilling its mandate and as an advocate of women’s rights,” Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr said in a statement regarding the CHR rresolutions

“How the incoming President will address matters pertaining to women’s rights and dignity during his watch will certainly be of paramount interest to the citizenry,” he said.

“Unlike during the campaign, when he shrugged off criticisms of such remarks, as President he would be expected to demonstrate strong and faithful adherence to the principles enshrined in the Magna Carta for Women and to all the laws of the land.”

The CHR said that the words and actions of Mayor Duterte were discriminatory of women that is enjoined by the Magna Carta of Women.

The human rights body’s resolution called on the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) to take appropriate measures regarding Duterte’s actions. PND (as)