Liza Soberano is firing back against a Facebook user who left a rape remark about her on the social media site last week.
The actress filed a formal complaint earlier this morning alongside her manager Ogie Diaz and legal counsel Atty. Jun Lim. The involved comment stemmed from Liza's set of viral tweets a few weeks back regarding her issue with her internet service provider Converge.
According to reports, the distatesful remark—which read, "Wala tayong magagawa, wala ng trabaho, kaya di bale ng masira ang image, magkapera lang. Sarap ipa-rape sa mga…. ewan!"—allegedly originated from a Converge employee. Liza herself retweeted a screencap of the comment onto her Twitter feed.
As per Liza's legal counsel, the aforementioned post is in violation of Section 4(c)(4) of Republic Act. No. 10175, otherwise known as “Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012,” in relation to Article 355 of the Revised Penal Code.
"In filing this criminal complaint, we believe that our client, Ms. Liza Soberano, merely asserted her right to be treated with respect. She stood up not just for herself but also on behalf of those silent victims of 'rape jokes' and malicious statements perpetrated by few irresponsible members of the social media community," said Atty. Lim.
Liza, for her part, was left deeply disturbed by the the netizen's remark. “I was really upset because the fact that it is a rape joke, it is not something that should be taken lightly. And the fact that she is a woman, I would never in a million years do a joke like that,” she said before reminding the public to watch what they say on the internet.
“I think it is about time that people learn the consequences of speaking like that on social media,” Liza continued. “I know that everybody is entitled to their own opinion, that is true, but at some point you have to be respectful to others online. I want people to learn that there are consequences to everything, like rape jokes, because that is not a light matter."
As outrage over their employee's comment spread online, Converge released an official statement on the matter last September 21. "We are deeply concerned about the wrongful comments and behavior of some employees over social media. We do not tolerate such actions toward any customer and emphasize that their personal opinions do not reflect the company’s perspective, values, and culture. We are currently dealing with this matter and we will carry out disciplinary measures accordingly," their Facebook post reads.
A day before that, the accused herself posted a public statement on her Facebook page apologizing for her comment, which, according to her, was only supposed to be part of a private conversation. Part of her post reads:
"Nauunawaan ko po kayong lahat... hindi maganda at karapat dapat na gawing biro ang salitang RAPE. Isa itong sensitibong isyu na dapat ay pinag-isipan kong mabuti bago ko naikomento kahit ba ito para sa akin ay walang halong malisya - random thought sa isang pribadong usapan. Ang salitang RAPE ay hindi dapat ginagawang biro dahil sa kaakibat nitong social, political and cultural impact. Naging insensitive ako at nawalan ng tamang judgment. Dahil dito, ako ay humihingi ako ng paumanhin sa lahat ng nasaktan sa isang maling biro na nasabi ko."