In a commentary on ABS-CBN’s morning show, Umagang Kay Ganda, Anthony Taberna, also known as Ka Tunying, gave remarks towards a 19-year-old rape victim who met a guy she knew only from Facebook.
“Pambihira naman, o. Eto po ay hindi first time na nangyari, napakadaming pagkakataon na yang eyeball eyeball na yan, ang mas delikado nakipag-eyeball ka na nga, nakipag-inuman ka pa. Yan ang problema, yun ang mabigat sa lahat, lalo’t puro lalake ka-inuman mo.” said Taberna in the background as the news is being delivered.
(This is just remarkable. It’s not the first time that this happened. There have been so many incidents like this of eyeball meet-ups. What’s more dangerous is you not only go to that eyeball meet-up, you even went out for a drink. That’s the problem, that’s the hardest of all, especially since you’re drinking out with an all-male group.)
He continued the dialogue with, “Madalas usually pinapa-alalahanan yung mga babae na wag sumama, wag uminom,” said Canoy. “Pero dapat yung blame talaga eh yung nasa lalake. Pag sinabi ng babae wag, wag, diba.“
(Usually, women are reminded to not go, to not drink. But the blame really should be on the man. If the woman say “no,” that means “no.”)
This remarks have earned Tunying hatred from viewers, and netizens like Ralph Orense (@WokenRalph) and award-winning poet Alma Anonas-Carpio.
Jean Enriquez, a women’s right activits, calls for the removal of Anthony Taberna.
The Umagang Kay Ganda Management has since replied to the incident in their official Twitter account.
Anthony Taberna made a public apology on today’s episode of the morning show.
“Kailanman po ay hindi ko kakampihan ang mga demonyong ito. Subalit alam ko rin na merong mga hindi nagustuhan ang aking komento at ang aking paalaala, ipinalagay na paninisi sa biktima,” explained Taberna. “Hindi po yun ang aking intensiyon. Nais ko rin pong sabihin na hindi ko sinisisi ang biktima sa nangyari. Dapat pong panagutin sa batas ang mga kriminal.”
“Humihingi po ako ng paumanhin sa mga nasaktan sa aking komento at mas magiging maingat po ako sa susunod na pagkakataon,” he added.
(Never will I take the side of these demons. But I am aware that there are those who did not like my comment and my reminder, misinterpreted as victim-blaming. That was not my intention. I want to say that I am not blaming the victim on what happened. The criminal should be punished by law. I express my apologies to those who were hurt by my comment. I will be more careful next time.)