De Lima: Duterte’s Vulgar Remarks, Rape Jokes Influence Students To Share Nude Photos

Senator De Lima expressed concern on the growing issue of students exposing nude videos and photos of fellow female students on social media. 

De Lima blames Duterte

The detained senator points fingers to President Rodrigo Duterte to be the influence on students. She insists that Duterte’s vulgar remarks, rape jokes, and sexist comments are the culprit that inspires the youth to do the same. 

“Kung ang mismong pinakamataas na pinuno sa bansa ay walang modo, walang respeto sa kababaihan, at ginagawa lamang katatawanan ang mga sensitibong usapin gaya ng rape, at nagagawa pang ipagtanggol ng kanyang mga tagasunod, ano pa nga ba ang aasahan nating magiging impluwensya nila sa ating kultura, lalo na sa kaisipan ng mga kabataan?” 

PSHS students barred from graduation march

De Lima’s statements are brought by the recent issue of PSHS (Philippine Science High School) students for allegedly posting the nude photos of a minor fellow student. The six identified PSHS students were barred from marching during graduation. Each is given respective punishments. 

UST students sharing nude photos 

On the other hand, another case reported where nude photos of UST (University of Santo Tomas) female students are being shared on soc med via messenger and Google Drive. 

De Lima says, 

“Due to unregulated nature of social media platforms and other online spaces, young people are now allowed [uncontrollable] freedom to share abusive content, if not become the victim of online oversharing themselves.” 

Cybersex Abuse 

Senator De Lima fears for the security and safety of women, especially the students who are vulnerable to abuse.

“These incidents are a clear case of electronic violence involving female students, and if left unchecked and unaddressed, could lead more children and teenagers to do the unthinkable and endanger more young females.” 

De Lima filed Senate Resolution No. 945 in 2018 which seeks Senate inquiry on the ballooning cases of cybersex abuse in the Philippines. 

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