- A Filipina netizen shared on Facebook her frightening experience during a jeepney ride
- She noticed that the driver and two other men beside him were staring, smiling and winking at her
- They were also commenting about her beauty and asking her why she was alone
Catcalling from male commuters, drivers and bystanders is one of the biggest reasons why it is very difficult for most women to commute in the Philippines.
KAMI obtained a disturbing story which involves catcalling from the Facebook page of a Filipina netizen named Hazel Mhariz.
Hazel said that the incident took place at around 9 a.m. inside a jeepney.
There was no one else in the vehicle except for her, the driver and two men beside him.
She then noticed that the three men were talking to her, telling her that she was beautiful and asking her why she was alone.
The men were also staring, smiling and winking at her through the mirror.
Hazel also explained that she was not wearing provocative clothes when the incident took place.
Here are excerpts from her viral post:
“Maayos suot ko, t-shirt at pants. Pero the whole time na sakay ako ng jeep na ito, wala akong ibang nakita at narinig kundi ang pagtitig, pag kindat at pagngiti nila sakin. Pagtawag ng "ganda mo naman miss", "bat magisa ka lang miss", at iba pa in a more meaningful way…
“Pag nahuhuli ko silang nakatingin sakin, nagka-catcall pa. May times na pupunasan nila ung salamin, para siguro mas malinaw ewan ko ba sakanila.
“Luckily, nung time na kukuha ako ng photo nila, sakto sila sa akto.
“WALA TALAGA SA SUOT YAN, NASA TAO YAN,” Hazel narrated.
After reading her story, many netizens urged women to avoid commuting alone as much as possible to avoid this kind of situation.
They were also urged to report to the police any form of harassment.
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