Activists from women's rights group Gabriela pose with placards to protest the killings of lumad leaders in Surigao del Sur on Thursday. Left-wing groups raised concern on the involvement of government militia in the killing at least 3 people in the region. (MNS photo)

Activists from women’s rights group Gabriela pose with placards to protest the killings of lumad leaders in Surigao del Sur on Thursday. Left-wing groups raised concern on the involvement of government militia in the killing at least 3 people in the region. (MNS photo)

MANILA, Oct 2 (Mabuhay) – Female members of the Liberal Party have taken offense at the performance of the dance group Playgirls at the birthday party of Laguna Representative Benjamin Agarao Jr. on Thursday.

The dance, that many described as lewd, happened after the oath-taking of the party’s new members at Agarao’s residence.

“The performance that took place at a gathering in Laguna yesterday is a gross insult to all: the women involved, the Liberal Party, and indeed, all Filipinos and Filipinas who espouse equality,” said the women in a statement the LP posted on Facebook.

The statement was supposedly made by Deputy Speaker Henedina Abad, Mindoro Oriental Representative Josephine Sato and LP ally Akbayan Representative Kaka Bag-ao.

“We condemn, in the strongest terms, any and all forms of the exploitation of women,” the women said.

The women said the exploitation of women would “never be consistent with the values of the Liberal Party, which, throughout the years, has made social equity one of the pillars of its endeavors.”

“Throughout our work, we have received nothing less than the utmost respect from our colleagues and peers in the Liberal Party,” the women said.

“We know that such gimmickry will not be tolerated by our members and our leadership, and we fully support the investigation to unearth the truth behind the incident,” he added.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, a presumptive senatorial candidate of the LP in 2016, described the performance “demeaning.”

“It’s really demeaning. It’s appalling… if it’s true na ganoon,” said De Lima, who admitted not having seen the video footage of the dancers yet.

“But based on the reports, if it’s true, it’s demeaning lalo na kung may children and women. Hindi dap at ganoon,” she added. (MNS)