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Respect for women begins at home, says VP
By Manolo B. Jara March 09, 2018
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MANILA: Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo on Thursday called on parents to teach their children the value of respecting women, noting that today’s society tended to be “kinder to men than to women.” Robredo pointed out that on average, men in the Filipino family do lighter chores while the women are expected to do more housework even if they are employed.

“Fathers can socialise for as long as they want after office hours. But mothers are expected to go home straight from work to do more work at home,” Robredo stressed in a symposium as the Philippines joined the rest of the world in observing International Women’s Day on Thursday.

In this light, Robredo, a mother of three, cited the urgent need for a change in the mindset of most Filipinos on respect for women even to the extent of “teaching young boys to do their own laundry.”

In a related development, female prisoners reminded President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte to fulfill his promise to free all of them and to order the resumption of peace talks with communist rebels.

“As we celebrate this important day for women, we call our president - free all our sisters, free all political prisoners in the country,” said the group in a statement written in Filipino.

The signatories included female prisoners at Camp Bagong Diwa, government a facility located in suburban Taguig City in Metro Manila, who said the release of all political prisoners was not only a personal promise of Duterte.

“We were arrested and detained under the regimes of Gloria Arroyo and Benigno Aquino through trumped up charges. Until now, we are suffering in cramped jail cells waiting for (president) Duterte to free us along with all the other political prisoners in the country,” the statement added.

The group also urged Duterte to resume peace talks with communist rebels, which the president had formally suspended in late 2017 due to their unabated attacks on business establishments as well on police and military camps.

Duterte later followed this up with a presidential proclamation declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines and its military arm the New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), which have been waging a Maost-style insurgency against the government for 50 years, as “terrorist organisations.”

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