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Attacks against women have persisted, worsened under Duterte administration — women’s group

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By Chito Chavez

A militant group insisted that women should show “rage and rise against human rights abuses,’’ citing that these violations have worsened in the country through the years.

In a statement, the Center for Women’s Resources (CWR) scored the “attacks against women,’’ maintaining that these did not only continue but worsened under the “misogynistic and sexist Duterte administration’’.

Despite the claims of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that crimes have decreased in 2018, CWR said “reality remains that abuses have persisted.’’

Based on the monitoring sheet released by the PNP in 2018, the group claimed 2,962 cases of rape in the country have been recorded from January to May 2018 only, translating to almost 20 rape cases per day.

“Misogynistic remarks from the president and his allies have continued despite protests from the public,’’ CWR said.

Cham Perez of CWR said what was more disgusting and mind boggling was that “government officials and politicians have made fun of women and trivialize abuses, following the example of the president’’.

She alleged that “threats and harassment of various forms against community leaders, activists, lawyers, church workers and media practitioners – men and women alike are perpetuated under this government’’.

As of November 2018, the group claimed that about 2,000 individuals have been illegally arrested and detained.

CWR added that to date, there are already 540 political prisoners, 203 of whom were arrested under Duterte’s watch and 45 are women and 120 are sickly and elderly.

Citing human rights violations, CWR has condemned “the audacity of this government to commit these grave abuses and get away unpunished.’’

The group added “the culture of impunity has transformed into its worst form under this administration as the rich and powerful continues to get away with plunder, murder, and corruption.’’

In conclusion, CWR urged all freedom and democracy-loving women to express rage and rise against the tyrannical rule and the unabated human rights attacks of this administration.

Earlier, CWR joined the thousands of Filipino women in dancing, raging and rising against all forms of human rights violations in Rajah Sulayman Park, Manila for the seventh year of the One Billion Rising.

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