A high-ranking officer has been suspended for sexually harassing his former secretary when she was 18 years old (“Military general relieved, charged with sexual harassment,” Inquirer.net, 2/20/14). He took advantage of his position and forced the girl to have sex with him so she could keep her job. The experience traumatized the girl.
Nothing drives home the depth of shame one is feeling than the urge to cover his or her face and be unrecognizable to the world. But to do this act not in a foreign country but in one’s own, among fellow citizens and countrymen, suggests not just a sense of humiliation but also of abject degradation. So what would drive three overseas Filipino workers to shroud their faces in heavy veils and respond only to their first names when they faced a joint hearing of the Senate blue ribbon and labor committees last Thursday?
By Solita Collas-Monsod
I am certain that the letter to Gerry Cao I reproduced in my column last week (“Injustice in UP,” Inquirer, 9/8/12) was an accurate, if necessarily concise, representation of what happened to Marla Endriga because at the time I wrote it, I had examined the documents relevant to her case.
“Commissioner for the international friendly” Cristy Ramos (“Goal difference,” Inquirer, 3/18/12) deserves two red cards for her part in the Azkals controversy. One, as a woman, for entering a men’s locker room; the other, for undermining the authority of the manager/coach and captain, the two individuals in charge of a team before and during any game.