Pres. Duterte promises to protect women, children's rights

President Rodrigo Duterte said his administration "will continue to fight for the rights of women and children," as the country marked the International Day to End Violence Against Women on Saturday, November 25. In a message to the Philippine Commission on Women (PCW), Duterte lauded the agency as it held an 18-day campaign to end violence against women. "This occasion echoes the call for equality, respect, and dignity for women and girls regardless of their standing in society," his letter said. "It is crucial therefore that we remain steadfast in cultivating a community free from violence and proactive in addressing the difficult issues that the sector faces." The President commended PCW for its commitment "in our shared advocacy of reducing violence against women and children through an improved response system across the country." (Accused of sexism, Duterte vows to fight for women's rights; Published 12:53 AM, November 26, 2017 Updated 1:26 AM, November 26, 2017) THE CONSTITUTION: Article II, Section 14. The State recognizes the role of women in nation-building, and shall ensure the fundamental equality before the law of women and men. Article XIII, Section 14. The State shall protect working women by providing safe and healthful working conditions, taking into account their maternal functions, and such facilities and opportunities that will enhance their welfare and enable them to realize their full potential in the service of the nation.