Senator Pia Cayetano expressed disapproval over catcalling albeit the fact that she supports President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.
“I support the President but I don’t agree with the whistling,” said Cayetano, a women’s advocate.
Senator Cayetano, sister of Duterte's running mate Alan Cayetano, wrote on her Twitter account on Thursday as a response to someone else's question.
“I don’t condone catcalling. Period. Back read please to see my other statements,” she added.
“Really, period? End of conversation? Wow. Just wow,” a follower with the username @wenggonzales replied to the senator’s previous tweet.
“You support him but not rape jokes or catcalling? Where do you draw the line? Where is the legislator who pushed for RH (reproductive health)?” another follower responds with a question.
A follower with the twitter handler @jelicarabao said “For a public servant who’s supposed to be a women’s rights “advocate”, this is utterly disappointing L (w)e expected more fr(om) you.”
Although there were a lot of people going against her because of her statement, there are still some who came to her rescue.
“I consider you one of the most effective leaders in this country,” Twitter user @raquickie said.
“Don’t you worry, I understand your point, sadyang may mga tao lang na makikitid ang utak,” a follower tweeted.
Atty. Salvador Panelo, spokesman of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said that the latter did not want to offend Mariz Umali, a reporter from GMA-7, when he whistled at her during a press conference on Tuesday.
The incoming presidential spokesperson said that Duterte’s whistling means that the Davao City mayor loves her and that Umali should take it as a compliment.
"Mayor Duterte is a very kind, playful individual. Pag siya'y pumito, ibig sabihin he's fond of you, ibig sabihin mahal ka niya, kaya ka binibiro. Hindi po isang pambabastos yun. On the contrary, the receiver of that should be complimented," Panelo said.