Panelo: Whistling Not Harassment if with No Intention to Rape

Davao City – President-elect Duterte’s spokesperson Salvador Panelo clarified yesterday that the city ordinance in Davao City penalizing whistling at a woman really only covers those with intentions to rape.

On Tuesday, May 31st, Duterte catcalled journalist Mariz Umali at a press conference. The latter and her husband took offense of the said act and it was echoed by celebrities and netizens alike.

Ever quick to the President’s defense, Duterte’s spokesman and official apologist dismissed the criticisms saying that the incoming president had no immediate plans of raping the reporter so he is not covered by the ordinance.

“He is the President of the Philippines. He had no intentions of raping Ms. Umali; he merely appreciated her beauty,” said Panelo.

Davao City Ordinance No. 5004 classifies whistling and catcalling women as sexual harassment and is punishable with a fine of P10,000 to P20,000, imprisonment of one to six months, or both under RA 7877 or the Anti-Sexual Harassment Act of 1995.