Celebrity gets flak for degrading Davao women

Subscribe Now August 19, 2014 at 09:25am

Movie and television celebrity Ramon Bautista was criticized by various sectors here when he tagged the women of this city as "hipon" (shrimps).

Bautista’s comment was overheard by revelers during the “Kadayawan Invasion” at the Crocodile Park here, where he was a guest and visitor during the occasion last August 16.

The partygoers lamented that Bautista made such foul remark in front of thousands of other celebrators and guests.

It was former Davao City cwho first posted on her Facebook account the filthy remark of Bautista, and expressed her outrage over the matter.

“Attended this Kadayawan Invasion and heard this (Ramon Bautista) guy say ‘hipon’ ang mga babae sa Davao,” Sara Duterte said in her account, with a call to the City Councilors here to declare Bautista as persona non grata.

“Pila sa ako mga fb friends ang konsehal (Some of my fb friends are councilors). If you do not call this guy as a persona non grata, you’re doing a disservice to women all over,” Sara Duterte said.

Her post generated reactions, airing the same sentiment, especially from the women sector of this city.

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, who visited the Kadayawan Invasion to check the situation of partygoers, also heard the remarks of Bautista.

The vice mayor said that Bautista likened the Davao women into the manner shrimps were eaten – discard the head, and eat only the body (buot pasabot, ilabay ang ulo, kaunon ang lawas).

But Vice Mayor Duterte said Bautista readily apologized after confronted about his statement.

Bautista made a public apology right at the Kadayawan Invasion, and vowed not to commit the same mistake.

Meanwhile, City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte emphasized “sense and sensibility” when talking to the public, especially in places where diverse cultures of people exist.

Duterte said a shrimp symbolizes a creature with an ugly head or face but having a beautiful body. There is no way, the mayor stressed, that a person be likened to a shrimp.

Source: mb.com.ph

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