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Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros plans to ban bathing suits in swimming pools and beach resorts all over the country. According to her, women should not wear provocative attire when going to swimming to avoid attracting perverts. Her proposal comes as part of her supposed contribution in celebration with National Women's Month this March.

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“Alam naman natin na likas sa mga lalaki na makakita lang magandang legs o cleavage, kung anu-ano na pumapasok sa isip nila. Bilang babae, tungkulin kong protektahan ang mga kauri ko laban sa mga bastos, lalo na pag ganitong malapit na ang summer at marami ang pupunta sa mga beach.” Hontiveros told reporters, Saturday.

(We all know that it is natural for men to have a malicious mind when they see beautiful legs or cleavage. As a woman, it is my responsibility to protect other women from perverts, especially that summer is near and many people will go to the beach.)



“Gusto lang i-clarify ngayon pa lang na di ko naman talaga ipagbabawal ang lahat ng klaseng bathing suit, kundi yun lang masyadong provocative at halos kita na buoong katawan ng babae. Ngayon, kung mukha namang disente syempre ok lang yun. Ang purpose talaga natin, huwag silang maging biktima ng pambabastos.” She added.

(I just want to clarify as early as this time that I will not ban all kinds of bathing suits, but only the provocative ones, and those that when wore show the entire body of a woman. Now, if it looks decent, of course, that’s Ok. My only purpose is to protect women from being offended.)

Hontiveros, who is also chair of the Senate Committee on Women and Children, noted that her proposal also covers public swimming pools and related establishments. According to her, she was inspired by President Rodrigo Duterte’s strict implementation of “no swimsuit” policy for beauty contests in Davao when he was still the city mayor.



“Di naman kasi porket nasa Opposition tayo, lahat na lang ng ginagawa ng pangulo, kokontrahin natin. Syempre, kung may maganda namang bunga yung mga ginawa niya, susuportahan ko siya. (Being in the Opposition does not mean I’m always opposing the president. Of course, if his actions produce good results, I will support him.) Hontiveros said further.

Contributed by Cherry Luz Alcantara

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