“Palibhasa Babae” (Because They’re Females)

Program: Cheche Lazaro Presents (Episode 21)
Presented by: Unlimited Productions, Inc. and ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs
Aired on: March 2, 2014 (ABS-CBN Sunday’s Best)

VIDEO LINK: http://www.probetv.com/2014/04/clp-21-palibhasa-babae/

Compared to women in other parts of the world, Filipinas have always enjoyed greater freedom and equal rights with men. They have raised families, managed businesses, served government agencies and, at some point in Philippine history, run the country.

While women have always been generally described as vulnerable, the Filipina is also seen as strong and resilient, able to take on roles often assigned to men.

In celebration of International Women’s Month, Cheche Lazaro Presents focuses the spotlight on four Filipinas who have the unenviable task of performing a major miracle — restoring people’s trust and faith in government by cleaning up and getting rid of corruption, among other things.

Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno, Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Internal Revenue Chief Kim Henares have all accepted the challenge where others have miserably failed. All strong-willed lawyers out to do what they believe is right, they have struck fear into the hearts of their targets as well as those who are directly or indirectly affected by their directives and pronouncements.

In a sit-down, one-on-one interview with broadcast journalist Cheche Lazaro, the chief justice, the ombudsman, the justice secretary and the internal revenue chief share the burdens of their offices and challenges they face as well as their game plan. Sereno explains why being called a dissenting minority chief justice does not bother her. Morales shows how she instills discipline in the Office of the Ombudsman, while De Lima talks about keeping her independence while being an alter ego of the President. Henares, who has been tirelessly filing tax evasion cases in court, confirms the scuttlebutt about how she turned down a request for “assistance” by a relative of her husband.

The jury is still out on President Aquino’s four women appointees who have been earning praises as well as criticisms for the decisions and judgment calls they have made in office. This two-hour documentary outlines what they need and want to achieve and how they are faring in the game of people’s perception and work on the ground.

A must-watch for every Filipino, “Palibhasa Babae” is not a story about gender. It is a story of a nation reeling under the yoke of corruption and mismanagement and how four women are trying to address the situation with the help of an enlightened citizenry.


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