Gabriela party-list Representative Liza Maza expressed her dismay about the scantily-clad Wowowee "Kembot Girls" at their political rallies, reports GMA News.
The Nacionalista Party senatorial bet suggested that the girls be dressed up appropriately if they were to continue performing during campaigns.
According to Maza, she already informed the NP about the issue after watching the girls perform during the NP's Laguna rally last February 9. The production team tried to heed her request by making two of the eight Kembot girls wear skin-toned leggings at a Mandaue City rally last weekend. This wasn't enough for Maza, reports the Inquirer.
"Hindi naman sa nagpapaka-manang ako pero hindi maganda na may (It's not that I'm being conservative but it does not sit well to see) scantily-clad women gyrating in political campaigns," Maza told GMA News.
Maza said that she would meet with the organizers and personally discuss the problem with NP presidential bet Manny Villar for a solution.
"There's got to be an interchange and understanding among us. They made an effort but I think for them to understand the process, there's a need for me to explain this in larger context in relation to my advocacy," Maza told the Inquirer.
Maza, a known women's rights advocate, is only one of the many pro-women candidates in the NP. Her co-candidates, Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago, Susan Ople and Gwen Pimentel are all known supporters of women rights, OFW rights, and family and children's rights, respectively.
Another pro-women advocate and NP senatorial bet, re-electionist Sen. Pia Cayetano also expressed her displeasure of seeing the Kembot girls in their skimpy suits during an ANC interview.
"I am not happy about taking advantage of women in terms of Kembot Girls. Hindi ako sang-ayon doon (I am against that)," Cayetano said. "I am a women's advocate. Sina Liza Maza, Gwen Pimentel, we are happy they (Kembot Girls) are there to help entertain, but you can do it in a way that highlights the strength of women."
Sen. Cayetano also clarified that despite the Kembot girls' performance, the NP is still a pro-women party. "We have the most number of the most qualified women candidates."