Quotes of the Week: Emma Watson on Feminism, UP on Hooliganism + others
The city's most interesting soundbites this week
(SPOT.ph) This week started well, but headed south rather quickly. First, actress Emma Watson joined the ranks of women who reclaim the word and the idea behind feminism. But as if to prove the need to promote the movement, a photo of a disturbing shirt about rape went viral on Monday night. Fortunately, various women’s groups are always quick to react to anything that may be seen as degrading to women, such as being put on a leash and paraded around. Thanks to vigilance, the shirt was pulled from stores and an apology was issued by the party involved.
Things are looking up. Plus, there are always abs to make things better, right? In any case, here’s what happened this week in quotes!
1. "It is not the word that is important. It’s the idea and the ambition behind it." - United Nations Women Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, on feminism.
This makes us want to put on a Beyoncé track and dance. Seeing the good in people is cause for celebration.
2. "Siguro panahon na para maghilom ang sugat na yun. Siguro panahon na para tuldukan natin ang ilang mga bukas pang sugat sa ating kasaysayan para mas mabilis yung pag-move forward natin." - Senator Francis "Chiz" Escudero, on the matter of Former President Marcos’ burial.
Ssshhh. Go plan your wedding.
3. "As the only son, I felt an overwhelming urge to exact an eye for an eye. Mr. Marcos and his ilk were like rabid dogs who had lost all reason. There was no longer any potential for dialogue; the only solution when confronted by a rabid dog is to put it down." - President Benigno Aquino III, on how he first felt when his father, Senator Ninoy Aquino, was assassinated.
My, my Mr. President. You sound like a hooligan by Secretary Butch Abad’s standards.
4. "I’m glad he knows his mistake. He was good enough to admit. [N]aiintindihan ko naman. Kasi siyempre kapag bata ka minsan marami kang nasasabi na hindi mo namamalayan." - Actor Sam Concepcion, on a confusing recording of a conversation between Jasmine Curtis-Smith and Daniel Padilla that circulated this week.
We don’t actually understand what was happening in the recording. It just sounded like people talking about normal stuff and texting?
5. "Iyong yakap na ’yon ay talagang pagpapasalamat na pinatawad niya ako. Talagang kami ay back to normal kaya masayang-masaya ako." - Actor Daniel Padilla, on the bump the "audio scandal" caused.
6. "Whether it be murder, rape, drug manufacturing, pushing and using, the numbers are on the rise. Criminals have more fun in the Philippines." - Senator Tito Sotto, on why he wants the death penalty back on the plate of punishments for criminals.
Damn right, criminals have more fun in the Philippines. They pocket millions from the people and they get away with it...in frigging sports cars and yachts and private planes.
7. "Magalang po akong [umattend sa] Senado sa mga nagdaan na hearing ngunit nakita naman po ng taong bayan kung paano ako tinrato. [Nang] sumagot ako ay hindi naman ako pinakikinggan ng mga senador. Hiniya ako at pilit inililihis ang mga totoong usapin." - Makati Mayor Junjun Binay, on why he won’t be attending the Senate Hearings.
Such Binay problems. Don’t they know who you are?
8. "I'm waiting for them and hoping magpaliwanag sila. We'll give them an opportunity pero kung hindi, mapipilitan sigurong umabot na ang committee ay umorder ng arrest nila." - Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, on Makati Mayor Junjun Binay "snubbing" the Senate Hearings on Makati City Hall Building 2.
Meanwhile, how about that P90-million allotment for vehicles? Hello?
9. "I have always maintained that as the country's national university, UP must lead the debate on important issues confronting the country. UP must also uphold the time-honored tradition of dissent vis-a-vis questionable government policies. But debate and dissent, while articulated with passion, require evidence-based and reasoned arguments, and civility to and respect for those who hold the opposite view. Abusive words and deeds have no place in the hallowed grounds of the University." - an excerpt from UP President Alfredo E. Pascual’s statement on student activists’ "hooliganism" against DBM Secretary Butch Abad.
The place for abusive words and deeds is outside the university?
10. "Nandoon ako sa parang, I’m already evolving as an actor, and I think I’m going to put that [daring shows] behind me, put it in the past. It has been fun." - Actor Jake Cuenca, on his retirement from sexy fashion shows.
You will leave a lot of memories of your behind. Thank you. (Check out photos of Jake’s last performance in The Naked Truth.)
Art by Warren Espejo, with photos from PEP.ph and screenshots from Facebook fan pages, various TV show videos, news clips, and images used by fans in YouTube slideshows.