Melai Cantiveros calls out Duterte supporter for wishing rape on her baby daughter
Actress Melai Cantiveros on Sunday blasted a supporter of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte for wishing rape on her baby daughter.
In a post on the Instagram feed she shares with her husband, actor Jason Francisco, Cantiveros took exception to a crudely worded Facebook post by a certain Shawie Constantino Enriquez.
Enriquez — who hails from General Santos City like the actress — called Cantiveros and Francisco “mukhang pera” (money-hungry) for appearing in political advertisements in support of Liberal Party’s presidential bet Mar Roxas, and wished rape on their 2-year-old daughter Mela, or Amelia Lucille.
Cantiveros said she had kept mum against critics of her endorsement of Roxas, but she had to draw the line at Enriquez’s attack.
“(H)indi ako nakikipag away kahit binabash ako dahil si Mar Roxas ang napili at gusto kong presidente. Pero kung sasabihin mo saken ‘sana ma-rape ang anak ko’ — ay ibang usapan na yan. Lalaban ako dahil hindi na tama ang punto mo. Pati anak kong baby na babae idadamay mo?” Cantiveros protested.
The comedienne, who shot to fame as the winner of the reality show “Pinoy Big Brother” in 2009, threatened legal action against Enriquez and said she would bring the matter to the Department of Social Welfare and Development and the Bantay Bata Foundation.
Shortly after Cantiveros’ Instagram post, Enriquez took down her offensive Facebook post and apologized.
Then she made light of the matter by suggesting that Duterte — the cantankerous Davao City mayor who has remained the frontrunner in the polls despite links to a death squad in his city and an egregious rape joke against a deceased Australian missionary — might want her killed for her faux pas.