An online article a week ago concluded that the reason that Deniece Cornejo the vixen in the Vhong Navarro mauling incident was being mercilessly vilified was because Philippine society tends to treat women that way (LINK). The writer a certain Tricia Aquino in collaboration with Judy Taguiwalo a University of the Philippines professor in the Department of Women and Development Studies, try to paint a bleak picture of Filipina women as persecuted second-class citizens who end up being blamed for the troubles that befall them.
Ms. Aquino writes, Professor Taguiwalo ”acknowledges that to this day, misogyny, the hatred or dislike of women, continues to inform how many Filipinos — including women themselves — see women.” This of course is the furthest thing from the truth and pure hogwash! It is a scenario concocted by a writer who it seems hasn’t matured enough to truly understand Philippine society, and a professor of women’s studies who apparently knows next to nothing about Filipina women. If Ms. Taguiwalo exemplifies the caliber of its current faculty, it is no wonder then why UP has fallen significantly in rank compared to other universities around the world.