#HijaAko trends on Twitter after Frankie Pangilinan slams Ben Tulfo for victim-blaming women for sexual abuse

Frankie Pangilinan took to Twitter to slam Ben Tulfo after he replied to her that women should dress properly to avoid sexual harassment! Read the full story below!

PHOTOS: @frankiepangilinan on Instagram (L) and BITAG Live on Facebook (R)

Frankie Pangilinan took to Twitter to slam Ben Tulfo after he replied to her that women should dress properly to avoid sexual harassment! Read the full story below!

Netizens defended Frankie Pangilinan through the hashtag #HijaAko after she chided television host Ben Tulfo for telling women that how they dress prompts sex offenders to do sexual abuse.

The daughter of Mega Star Sharon Cuneta and Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan tweeted last Saturday, June 14, about a now-deleted Facebook post from the Lucban Municipal Police Station, telling off women to dress properly to avoid harassment.

“STOP TEACHING GIRLS HOW TO DRESS?? TEACH PEOPLE NOT TO RAPE,” Frankie said.

By Saturday evening, the BITAG Live host tagged Frankie in a tweet, calling her “hija” and telling her that a rapist or a juvenile sex offender’s “desire to commit a crime will always be there” while warning “sexy ladies” to be careful with how they dress.

“All they need is an opportunity, when to commit the crime. Sexy ladies, careful with the way you dress up! You are inviting the beast,” Tulfo went on.

Frankie clapped back, countering his tweet with three statements about rape culture and how someone dresses is not an opportunity for sexual assault.

“Calling me hija will not belittle my point,” she concluded in her tweet.

She also replied to her tweet with a screenshot of a Facebook post from BITAG Live, the official page of Tulfo’s show. His post pressed how sex maniacs and rapists cannot be taught how to control their sexual desires and commit crimes.

“Ang tanging magagawa ay manamit ng tama, Huwag nating pukawin ang pagnanasa nila. Ito ang iyo magagawa,” Tulfo wrote.

“Bago natin sila baguhin, baguhin muna natin ang sarili’t pag-iisip natin. Gets mo, Hija?” he went on, adding that Frankie’s father Kiko authored the Juvenile Justice and Welfare act that discusses how children and teenagers who do crimes should be handled accordingly.

A few hours after her exchange with Tulfo, Frankie tweeted out the hashtag #HijaAko, containing a screenshot of a message from an anonymous person who said they would “also like to sign up for the hija label if that’s what ben tulfo’s calling girls who fight for their rights as human beings.”

The hashtag trended on Twitter, with netizens backing Frankie and slamming Tulfo’s remarks that blame women for sexual abuse. Other netizens shared their own experiences with sexual harassment through the hashtag.

Frankie was also backed by Kapuso actress Lauren Young, fashion blogger Laureen Uy, MYX VJ Ai Dela Cruz, and 2019 senatorial candidates Erin Tañada and Samira Gutoc who also used the hashtag.

Lauren, along with YouTube star Janina Vela and singers Shanne Dandan and Janine Teñoso, shared their experiences with sexual harassment through the hashtag.

Thank you for using your voice, Frankie! Laban, mga hija!

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