TV host Kat Alano Sinupalpal si De Lima: You ignored rape victims when I asked for help, do not use women as protection
Radio/TV host and singer-songwriter Kat Alano lashed on Senator Leila de Lima in her Facebook page, claiming that De Lima who has been actively using women's rights in her speeches and statements should refrain from doing so since when she went to the senator advocating for rape victims in the country, De Lima opted not to heed her.
In her Facebook page, Alano wrote:
"Do not use the Filipina women as protection against your own wrongdoings. When I contacted you and beseeched you as a woman and a Filipina to stand up for rape victims everywhere, you turned a blind eye".
"And now you want the women of the Philippines to stand beside you?"
Alano claimed that she herself has been a victim of rape by a prominent personality. "I stood for my rights and you took no notice." she wrote
Alano claimed that she has been raped in 2005 by an unidentified assailant rumored to be actor Vhong Navarro.
In her letter to De Lima, she said that instead of getting justice, she would just be charged in court for "damaging the reputation" of her assailant.
“Under your jurisdiction, a PUBLIC FIGURE who is a KNOWN RAPIST that has had several rape cases filed against him has been allowed to go free, scaring the rest of his victims into submission, knowing the ease at which the other cases were dismissed without fair deliberation,” Alano said.
“You see Secretary De Lima, I myself am a victim of the same man who has been allowed to go free under your jurisdiction. At 19 years old, I was raped 10 years ago and I dread to think how many more silent victims there have been since me,” she added.
The letter is now a petition in Change.org, filed by a group called United Voices Against Rape.
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