Raffy Tima said that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte ‘catcalling’ (whistling) on his wife Mariz Umali is “wrong in so many levels.” The incident occurred when Umali was trying to get an answer regarding Duterte’s appointed Cabinet officials during a televised press conference May 31.
Tima said he was expecting ‘catcalling’ from someone like Duterte. “I know his reputation well enough not to be shocked by it, but that does not make it right,” he said in a post in his official social networking page.
“For someone who espouses leadership by example, catcalling anyone in a press conference with all cameras trained on him defies logic. Then again, thats Mayor Duterte,” he added.
He added that what appalled him more was how some people in the room reacted. “Most laughed, others made teasing noise and basically urged the mayor to dish some more! And he did. I do hope none of them were journalists because if they were, shame on them.”
Tima said that instead of laughing or urging more from Duterte, the people should have kept silent. “In their silence gave the message that what the mayor did was wrong,” he said.
“Some jokes are funny and should be laughed at… but disrespecting women is definitely not one of them,” he concluded.