Ramon Bautista Declared As Persona Non Grata On Davao City

Comedian Ramon Bautista had reacted to the recent declared resolution of Davao City Council of him being a Persona Non Grata on the town due to the "hipon" incident joke.

It can be recalled the Davao City had invited the comedian as their guest on their recent Kadayawan festival which was celebrated last August 16-17, 2014.

During the celebration on Saturday night, the comedian appeared in front of the cheerful crowd and openly shouted "Ang daming hipon dito sa Davao."
As much as the comedian's wants to inject humor during the celebration, it seems like the Davao-enos didn't find it humorous but rather offensive.

"Hipon" is a slang term on the Philippines which basically means ugly women with nice body, something the local found as an inappropriate remarks from anyone, especially if it would came from an outsider.

With that, Bautista went to his twitter account and posted a public apology, embedded below.

City councilor Tomas Monteverde appeared on ANC last Tuesday, August 19, 2014, and explained the city's decision despite Bautista's apology. It is even reported that Davao City officials found the public apology of comedian as "half-baked" and "not sincere."

Davao City has an Anti-Discrimination Ordinance which strictly prohibits all forms of discrimination based on sex, gender, identity, sexual orientation, race, color, descent, national or ethnic origin, and religious affiliations or beliefs. Maximum penalty includes a fine of P5,000 and imprisonment for 15 days.

In reaction of the persona non grata decaration, Ramon Bautista came back on twitter and said that he respects the city council's decision.

"There is a need for us to say to the world that in Davao City, we do not allow people to insult our women," - councilor Monteverde said.

"It will be a good idea for Mr. Bautista to stay away from Davao City for a while. Because we believe he has overstayed his welcome, We cannot allow such abusive behavior in Davao City." - he added.


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