Gabriela Women’s Party today called to task local government leaders of Asingan, Pangasinan as raunchy photos of a bikini competition started to circulate in social media revealing the organizers and local government leaders’ lack of prudence and decency in organizing the show as part of the annual town fiesta. Men and women shown in the photos had the barest covers on their private parts and appeared in some shots to be engaging members of the audience with provocative gestures.
“Concerned citizens have called the attention of our local chapter in Pangasinan and we agree with members of the public who questioned and disapproved of the nature of the event. They owe their constituents an apology and should be warned that these types of shows should never be repeated,” said Arlene Brosas, Gabriela Women’s Party Metro Manila spokesperson and second nominee.
Reports from local residents and concerned citizens say the Bikini Open was part of the annual Asingan Town Fiesta held last week which had School Supervisor Dr. Jimmy Laroya as Executive Chairman and Mayor Heidee Chua as Honorary Chairman. Also reportedly among the organizers were local barangay executives Larry Cardinez and Laly Fernandez.
Brosas warned that government leaders and public servants should realize that these shows degrade women and men’s dignity and cultivate the view that women are sex objects.
“For many years, we have been campaigning against the very concept of men and women’s bodies being commodified and we have been criticizing our unjust social structures that heighten the vulnerability of women and men, especially minors to exploitation in these sexually charged performances and display for commercial and political purposes. These types of shows are extremely dangerous and could consequently lead to an increase in the cases of violence against women and abuse.” #