Palace claims that Pres. Duterte was ‘never bastos’ after passage of anti-catcalling law

Palace claims that Pres. Duterte was ‘never bastos’ after passage of anti-catcalling law

- President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed the ‘Bawal Bastos’ law

- The Palace said that President Duterte would be the first to follow the law

- Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also insisted that Duterte was “never bastos”

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President Rodrigo Duterte has recently signed a law seeking to penalize any form of gender-based harassment in public places.

KAMI learned that the Palace vowed President Duterte would be the first to obey the new law.

"Since the President signed that law, it means he recognizes the need for that law. Since he is the chief enforcer of all laws of the Philippines, he will be the first one to obey the law," Panelo said.

In a report by ABS-CBN News (author Arianne Merez), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo defended the President and insisted that he was “never bastos.”

"You assume that the President is bastos. He never was bastos. When he cracks jokes, it was intended to make people laugh, never to offend," Panelo noted.

"Iba naman 'yung pambabastos eh. You women should know that. Iba ang dating ng bastos saka 'yung nagpapatawa lang,” he added.

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In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte signed the Republic Act 11313 or the Safe Spaces Act which aims to prevent gender-based harassment along the streets, in schools, workplaces, and online spaces.

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