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The Internet Won't Let Anthony Taberna Get Away With Victim-Blaming

The "boys will be boys" mentality has got to go.
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For a show about making your mornings good, this news segment from the February 19 episode of Umagang Kay Ganda did quite the opposite. While reporting about a 19-year-old girl who became the victim of gang-rape after meeting up with someone she had been chatting with online, host Anthony Taberna commented about how it was the girl's fault for putting herself in a position to get raped.

"Pambihira naman, 'o," he starts. "Ito po'y hindi first time na nangyari, ano. Napakadami nang pagkakataon na [nangyari] 'yang eyeball-eyeball na 'yan. At ang mas delikado, nakipag-eyeball ka na nga, nakipag-inuman ka pa. 'Yon ang problema, 'yon ang mabigat sa lahat," he says. "Lalo na't puro lalaki ang ka-inuman mo."

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Co-host Jeff Canoy, meanwhile, defended the girl. "Madalas usually pinapaalalahanan 'yong mga babae na huwag sumama, huwag uminom, pero dapat 'yong blame talaga is doon sa mga lalaki. Dapat ang paalalasa kanila is huwag kayong mang-rape, 'di ba? 'Pag sinabi ng babae na huwag, [eh 'di] huwag, 'di ba?"

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Then Taberna butts in, saying, "Hindi, sa totoo lang, pagka... madali sabihin 'yong sa lalaki. Pero 'pag ipinain na, pasensya na doon sa biktima 'yon dapat mabigyan ng katarungan, pero ito, para sa future na pangyayari. Kapag ikaw ay babae, huwag kang papasok sa lungga ng mga tulisan."

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Taberna's remarks on air didn't go unnoticed. Internet users on social media soon picked up on his comments and called for an apology from Umagang Kay Ganda, as well as his resignation as a host of the show.

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Umagang Kay Ganda has since issued a statement saying that they have brought up the issues with Taberna.

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This story originally appeared on Spot.ph.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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