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#Everywoman Campaign Takes A Stand Against Sex Video Threat Vs. De Lima

Pinays are protesting against the 'slut-shaming' of some lawmakers.

A group of Filipinas—among them literary luminaries like Ninotchka Rosca, Aida Santos, and Susan Lara, as well as Dr. Raquel del Rosario-Fortun, former beauty queen Aurora Pijuan, and actress Agot Isidro—started a self-incrimination campaign against the shame tactics being used against Sen. Leila de Lima.

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The campaign involves posting this message as your Facebook status: "I would like to testify in Congress. It was me in the sex video. #Everywoman."

The women don't necessarily support De Lima's political views; some even say they don't like her. After all, if there is genuine evidence against her, she could easily be charged. However, these women made it clear that slut-shaming De Lima is downright foul. 

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As one #Everywoman supporter pointed out: "The woman in the video whom they insist is de Lima has glasses. It could be any woman who has glasses."

De Lima is currently being subjected to a Senate probe on her alleged connection to the illegal drug trade.

President Rodrigo Duterte had claimed that De Lima had a romantic relationship with her driver, whom she also supposedly designated as her representative in collecting money from the drug lords at the New Bilibid Prison.

Lawmakers such as House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Rep. Danilo Suarez insist that the sex video that allegedly features De Lima and her driver would prove that they had a relationship.

De Lima's colleagues in the Senate—Senators Nancy Binay, Risa Hontiveros, Grace Poe, and Cynthia Villarhave expressed their objection to the sexist tactic used against De Lima.

In a GMA News Online report, Villar had said, "Regardless of the identity of the woman in the video, a woman's dignity and rights will be violated with the exhibition of the sex video."

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