Rappler reporter Pia Ranada Robles: Sir, we have this ordinance nga, the Women Development Code. In the ordinance, it states that catcalling, whistling – sorry, let me just read it, part of it: "Cursing, whistling, or calling a woman in public with words having dirty connotations or implications" is actually sexual harassment, so it seems as if you, uh—
President-elect Rodrigo Duterte: (whistles)
Audience: (few people laugh)
Duterte: You know, you don't have any business stopping me. That is a freedom of expression.
Pia: Sir, your own law says that there is a limit to expression.
Duterte: If you go overboard and you start to harass the woman.
Pia: Sir, the definition in the ordinance is "whistling," so that's already—
Duterte: Well, if you go, you cajole with the woman (whistles). "Miss, uh…" As a matter of fact, when I first saw you, I said… (whistles)
Duterte: Go to another question. You cannot stop anybody from whistling.
Pia: Okay, Sir.
Duterte: But I would say, who gave you the right to presume that I was whistling because I saw you? You have to be in a room, kaisa ka lang, a man and you, and he would whistle (whistles).
Pia: So, Sir, you're saying you were not whistling at Mariz during the time she asked her question?
Duterte: Of course not. That is, ano, objective, or is it subjective? Subjective?
Pia: No, Sir, because she was asking.
Duterte: You are guessing.
Pia: No, no, no, Sir. I'm not guessing. Because she was asking a question, and the question was directed at you, and your reply to her was a whistle. So unless you clarified that you were talking to someone else–
Duterte: I was exasperated by the question. Whistling is not a sexual thing (whistles again, then mumbles)…Wala nang hinto kundi magtanong.
Pia: Sir, for you it might not be sexual, but to others it might. So the world does not revolve around your definition.
(Transcript by Paterno Esmaquel II)
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