Davao City’s women’s rights champion Representative Luz Ilagan and her Gabriela Party-list are in the forefront of a campaign to send to jail Davao City Police director Vicente Danao for violation of Republic Act 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children (VAWC) Act of 2004.

      We laud Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela for their energy to make Mr. Danao answer for a crime presumably in violation of RA 9262, that was fanned by a video uploaded in YouTube of him in domestic quarrel with his wife.

      But the efforts to protect womanhood of Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela by cutting the head of Mr. Danao we see as selective and nothing but  a publicity stunt to justify people’s money spent for Gabriela as a party-list in the House of Representatives.  

   Last week, Davao City’s   news and public affairs television programs reported about an unidentified  American national dragging a Dabawenya Commercial Sex Worker (CSW) to a police station to complain about allegedly being shortchanged in a ‘blow job’ contract in a seedy motel.

      The video showed the filthy American slapping and kicking the poor woman who was helplessly sitting on a bench while undergoing the brutality inside the San Pedro Police Station.

   The mauling of the woman was carried out right in the presence of policemen, including the police duty officer, who did nothing to stop this filthy American from the cruelty inflicted on a resident of Davao City.

   We are supposed to believe that there is equality in law.

   If Mr. Danao violated RA 9262 in the confines of his home, this filthy American trampled on women rights right before the eyes of government law enforcers, inside a government building (police station), his brutality in blatant violation of RA 9262 shown to the public in a news report with nobody, after the fact, doing nothing about it including Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela and San Pedro Police Station commander Roland Lao, who could have immediately ordered an investigation if he is not ignorant about RA 9262 or Davao City’s own VAWC ordinance.

   This insult should not be allowed to pass.

   The Davao City Police trumpeting about having VAWC desks in every police station is a fluke if we take as a sad experience the case of the filthy American mauling a Dabawenyo CSW right inside a police station.

   Let the Danao case proceed and the police officer made to suffer if he is guilty. But this filthy American should not be allowed to go scot-free in fairness to Mr. Danao and our laws aiming to protect women’s rights.

The winner in the Danao case, if the police officer is convicted, is his wife who has complained before police authorities about alleged violation of VAWC, and Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela for the credit they would earn for sending Mr. Danao to jail.

   The loser would be M R. Danao and his career, and the Dabawenyos served for years and set to be served for many more years by this able police officer, who unselfishly offered himself and his career to make Davao City peaceful.

   If there is a winner in the case of the American who complained about his aborted sexual orgasm, it is no other than the American himself (he could be a tourist who had already left the city) who went scot-free despite kicking and slapping a Dabawenya right inside a police station in full view of police officers, in this city which prides itself to the high heavens about having its own VAWC ordinance to protect its women.

   The losers, in the case of the filthy American not being made to answer for his crime,  are aplenty: the poor CSW, police credibility to enforce a law, and also Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela for selectivity in choosing which case merits their attention.

   In the instant case, Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela lost  credibility for selectivity in fighting for women rights, by riding only on high-profile cases like the Danao case, while letting go a blatant violator of RA 9262 by closing their eyes on the case of a filthy American kicking and slapping a woman right inside a police station in full view of police officers with the brutality captured on video and shown in television reports.

   The despicable act of this filthy American should not be allowed to pass. (Immigration and police we are sure have his name; the video of this brutality can be provided by ABS/CBN and GMA.)

This filthy American, to give an example to other foreigners who due to their status think that they have a license to harm and insult Dabawenyas, should be brought to court asap for insulting Davao City and its ordinance to protect its women; in fairness to Mr. Danao;  and as opportunity for  Rep. Ilagan and Gabbriela to restore their credibility as champions of women’s rights.

   In behalf of the Dabawenya, we pose this “Do-It-Right’ Challenge to Rep. Ilagan and Gabriela, and to Davao City Councilor Leah Librado, a Gabriela stalwart and chair of the City Council Committee on Women and Children Welfare, to go after this filthy American.

   Failing this, their claim as  champions of women’s rights has no merit.



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