“It is disconcerting that legitimate arguments against the promotion and/or confirmation of staunch allies of the Arroyo administration can be reduced to name-calling and labelling of women who hold strong opinions. These sort of sexist remarks are no different from centuries-old labels on staunch women fighters who were condemned as madwomen or witches.”
Thus said Gabriela Women’s Party Rep. Liza Maza, as she cautioned colleagues in the Commission on Appointments against stooping to the level of chauvinism and disrespect in order to railroad the appointments of 24 generals, who are reportedly being supported by Pres. Arroyo.
According to news reports, Sen. Jamby Madrigal received countless sexist remarks made in bad taste after Madrigal invoked Section 20 of the Senate rules thereby blocking the appointment of the generals. Quoted in the Philippine Daily Inquirer were military officials and generals who, in retort to Madrigal’s move quipped amongst themselves: “Kayo kasi, ayaw ninyong ligawan, may asim pa naman” and “Buang gyud ning bayhana ni” (This woman is crazy).
“It is but right that the CA conscientiously exercise its powers to scrutinize appointments. In the midst of a political crisis where positions of power can be handed out as paybacks and collaterals for loyalty, prudence, diligence and independence should be the stance that the CA should take,” Maza argued.