Women blast Bertiz for using 'monthly period' excuse for NAIA tantrum

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 2) — Women right's advocates and female netizens won't allow Rep. John Bertiz to use their pain as an excuse for his rude behavior caught on video.

ACTS OFW party-list Rep. Bertiz, on Monday, issued a public apology for blatantly skipping security protocol in the airport. He cited his once-a-year "monthly period" to justify his actions, saying it's normal for a human to make mistakes.

"For the past three years that I've been a member of Congress, once a year na medyo dapuan po tayo ng monthly period ay hindi ko na rin po maiiaalis na tao lang po na marupok at umiinit ang ulo, naiistress din sa trabaho," he said in a media briefing.

Instead of getting the understanding of the public, he only received more criticism for his remarks.

Gabriela Women's Party Rep. Emmi de Jesus said Bertiz shouldn't involve women in his arrogance, adding, "Ang isyu ay ang arogansya niya. Women should not be sterotyped as arrogant and entitled during their menstrual period. Huwag niyang idamay ang kababaihan kasi siya ang may problema," she said in a statement.

Some said it's an insult for Bertiz to use their pain to justify his behavior.

A netizen said the solon cannot use the "monthly period" pass because he doesn't suffer the way women do.

Bertiz issued an apology on CNN Philippines' The Source on Tuesday.

"Sa mga hanay ng kababaihan, humihingi na naman ako ng tawad. Sa akin wala talagang ibig sabihin," he said.

The lawmaker said he has learned his lesson against cracking uncalled for jokes especially during these situations.

"Most of the people who know me, especially in Congress, kilala kasi ako as a jolly person. Siguro hindi lang ako bagay magjoke sa harap ng camera," he said.

He once again apologized for those he offended with his joke and with his behavior at the airport.

"Inuulit ko, taus-puso po akong humihingi ng kapatawaran... Hindi po talaga dapat inaasal ng isang government official na umasal ng ganun. Ito ay napakalaking aral sa akin, lalong lalo na kung hindi ka naman komedyante ay huwag ka na lang magjoke. Patawarin niyo po ako, mula sa aking puso at aking pamilya," an emotional Bertiz said.

Airport officials said there was a clear "breach of protocol" in security procedures when Bertiz refused to remove his shoes at the checkpoint. In a viral video that circulated on September 30, he was also seen shoving his ID to the face of an airport staff member identified as Hamilton Abdul, then snatched and confiscated Abdul's ID card.

This controversy comes in the wake of another viral video of the Congressman saying Professional Regulation Commission licenses will not be granted to those who do not know Bong Go, the Special Assistant to the President. Bertiz explained that his remark was merely a "joke" and apologized for it.