Open letter lambasted Sen. Poe and VP Leni for defending De Lima, not the wife of Ronnie Dayan
An attorney defended Mrs. Dayan that she's more represents the #everywoman and the ultimate victim compared to Senator Leila De Lima.
Atty. Cheryl L. Daytec-Yañgot criticized Senator Grace Poe and VP Leni Robredo for taking sides of De Lima. She's also not in favor to the members of the House probe for concentrating on the personal life of the senator than her alleged involvement in the Bilibid drug trade.
But she's pointing out to Poe and Robredo that if there's more worth it to be defended for, it was the wife of Ronnie Dayan.
"Why can't you also use your loud, powerful voice to stand up for one helpless woman who is the ultimate victim, who is actually more #everywoman than De Lima? I do not know her name, but she is the wife of Ronnie Dayan."
She also cited that the two powerful politicians were doing a 'monumental disservice' for Mrs. Dayan. Not realizing that she's more the victim here.
Lastly, Atty. Yañgot expressed her sympathy and support to Mrs. Dayan. She said that she is in her thoughts.
Read her full statement:
Read her full statement:
DEAR VICE PRESIDENT LENI ROBREDO AND SENATOR GRACE POE, YOU DISCRIMINATE. I agree with you, Ms Vice President Robredo and Senator Poe.
The Congressmen were total jerks in asking questions not to surface the truth or untruth about how Sen De Lima used her driver-lover Ronnie Dayan to mulct money from drug lords, but to satisfy their baser prurient instincts. I condemned this earlier than you did. I condemned it as soon as it happened.
But I think you discriminate. You discriminate against a lot of women who are the women who need you more. You defend the right of a woman who possesses enormous power, who is on TV everyday to appeal to public pity, often by telling tall tales. She goes as far as audaciously claiming the position of the ultimate aggrieved woman declaring that no woman deserves to be betrayed by a man, stealing a line more fittingly uttered by the woman cheated by her husband for 7 years to be with his employer, a woman of power who may have committed sexual harassment. Why can't you also use your loud, powerful voice to stand up for one helpless woman who is the ultimate victim, who is actually more #everywoman than De Lima? I do not know her name, but she is the wife of Ronnie Dayan.
Unlike Senator De Lima, she has no claim to power. Her husband and De Lima acted as if she did not exist for 7 years. The House of Representatives acted as if she did not exist when, in a televised hearing, its members asked Dayan unnecessary questions about the depth of his love for The Other Woman who shamelessly claims to be the victimized #everywoman.
Now, you, women of power who are defending Sen. De Lima in the name of women's rights, are also invisibilizing Mrs Dayan. Didn't she ever cross your thoughts while you listened to those dirty old men in Congress ask questions in aid of ejaculation and not in aid of legislation?
You are doing Mrs Dayan a monumental disservice. You are spitting on her broken heart. You were elected to alleviate the situation of the marginalized. Why do you do this to her?
On this day four years ago, this was my Facebook status:
"Today marks the beginning of the 16 Days to End Violence Against Women.
"I am reflecting on what Harriet Beecher Stowe, one of the women in the 19th Century who fought so hard for gender equality, said:
"It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done."
Mrs. Dayan, thank you for this chance to emulate the best people. My voice is not the voice of power. It is inaudible compared to those of Vice-President Robredo and Senator Poe. But I shall use it for you. Please know that you are in my thoughts.