Clinton daughter calls Duterte ‘murderous thug’ after rape joke


THE only daughter of former US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and ex-president Bill Clinton called President Rodrigo Duterte a “murderous thug” after the Chief Executive joked about owning up to rapes that could be committed by soldiers under martial law in Mindanao.

In her Twitter account, Chelsea wrote, “Not funny. Ever,” as she shared a tweet by New York Times chief White House correspondent Peter Baker linking his followers to a story on Duterte’s joke.

“Duterte is a murderous thug with no regard for human rights. It’s important to keep pointing that out (and) that rape is never a joke,” Chelsea said in response to a comment on her tweet.

Speaking on Friday to troops deployed in the fighting in Mindanao, Duterte sought to reassure soldiers who might be accused of committing abuses under martial law, and jokingly said that if any of them were to rape three women, he would personally claim responsibility for the crimes.

“Trabaho lang kayo. Ako na bahala. Ako na magpakulong sa inyo. ‘Pag naka-rape ka ng tatlo, aminin ko na akin iyon [Just do your job, I will take care of the rest. I’d go to jail for you. If you raped three people, I’ll own up to it],” Duterte said.

The President made the remark before soldiers in Iligan City in Mindanao, where he imposed martial law on Tuesday to try to crush Islamic State-linked rebels, who have been fighting the military after attacking Marawi City.

PRAyER President Rodrigo Duterte offers prayers before a military briefing in Iligan City on Friday. MALACAÑANG PHOTO

It was not the first time Duterte made a joke about rape. He caused outrage in the lead-up to his presidential election win last year when he recalled a 1989 prison riot in which inmates lined up to rape an Australian missionary, who was killed.

In what was intended as a joke, Duterte said the victim was “beautiful” and as mayor of Davao City where the riot took place, he should have been first in line. He later apologized for his “gutter language” and said he did not intend to disrespect women or rape victims.

In a statement, Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President only exaggerated his expression of support to government troops as the military’s commander in chief.

“First and foremost, the President has the whole nation’s safety and protection in mind. In Iligan, he gave his full support to the men and women in uniform, taking complete responsibility for their actions, even exaggeratedly describing crimes like taking a fourth wife,” Abella said.

“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) is decisively acting, speaking with heightened bravado, that law and order would be brought back in these areas of rebellion in the soonest time possible and that normalcy would likewise be restored with minimal loss of lives,” he added.


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    • Jocelyn AYTALIN on

      hoy clinton, who are you to say such bad word to our beloved President. Hypocrite; notice first the log in your eyes before commenting on the sawdust in the eyes of others.

  1. Wow! look who’s talking. Chelsea should not go far looking for murderous thug. She see the record of her mother Hillary and dad Bill. How many murders were associated with Hillary and some of these were her close associates. Look at the record of Hillary as secretary of state in the Middle East. Isn’t murder killing those innocent men, women and children by the hundred of thousands just to promote your so called “democracy”. She even let her own ambassador be murdered in Libya. As for her sex maniac dad Bill, Chelsea sure knows the word rape. If this word rape is being used by Duterte as a joke, Bill Clinton really does it. Just how many women accused this former president of the US of rape.Bill even used his oval office for his tryist. My Gosh! Chelsea really knows the meaning of murderous thug and rape because it runs in her DNA.

  2. Palace spokesman Ernesto Abella said the President only exaggerated his expression of support to government troops as the military’s commander in chief.

    Sounds more like he gave his permission for the soldiers to commit war crimes.

    • “Trabaho lang kayo. Ako na bahala. Ako na magpakulong sa inyo. Kapag naka-rape ka ng tatlo, aminin ko na akin ‘yun. ‘Pag nag-asawa ka ng pang-apat, bugbugin ka.”

      You know Tagalog? Interpret that for yourself. The conclusion people have made is a non-sequitur. He was not telling them to go ahead rape, pillage and plunder. In short he is responsible for all their actions. It wasn’t a joke. Languages have nuances and context. The man talks “street” that’s the way he is. Using rape as an analogy may not necessarily p.c. but he is talking to a specific audience.

  3. Chelsea, a joke. Of course it is inappropriate for a president of a nation to do so. How about an honest comment about killing infidels in the name of your confessional belief and that an afterlife reward of 72 virgins waiting for the faithfulls. That is part of the IS-maute creedo, isn’t it.

  4. Let’s be clear about this roiling tempest in the political horizon..When he cracked that rape joke before his troops at Iligan City in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte was evidently fagged by too much air travel–stressed out by over 28 hours of flying from Manila to Russia and then back in just a four-day span, then on to Mindanao to rally the troops in their fight against the Maute terrorists in Marawi City. His political detractors are obviously having a field day gleefully deriding him for that gaffe, and not just a few of his loyal supporters are terribly disheartened and disturbed by it for good reason.

    I don’t wish to defend President Duterte for that clearly tasteless joke, but I think we ought to cut him some slack after that punishing travel schedule and under the very stressful circumstances that compelled him to declare martial law in Mindanao. We should not join the likes of the once-upon-a-time pampered Presidential daughter Chelsea Clinton, safe and comfortable in her $10-million “luxury fortress” in New York City, using Twitter to proclaim to the world that our President is “a murderous thug with no regard for human rights.”

    What was the woman thinking? Chelsea’s language is itself so terribly thuggish, vicious, and–even worse–vacuous. Herself coming from a well-known political family that had more than just a small share of stinky controversy and scandal, what was Chelsea trying to prove? Why that scathing diatribe against someone who wasn’t even a direct threat to her womanhood? She definitely went overboard in her rudeness. I think that if she doesn’t apologize and make amends to President Duterte for her verbal abuse and intransigence, those highly irresponsible remarks of hers will haunt her and the Clinton family forever–and this is whether or not the Clinton political dynasty survives its unexpected rout in the last U.S. presidential elections.

  5. mind you miss clinton what’s next to that phrase.. it might be PRRD will say ” i will be responsible for any soldier who will accused of the crime or in any crime to arrest and put in court martial”.. and my gosh this is martail law where there is excuse if the military or police commits crime. it is very clear in their mandate. they will be liable. and by the way miss clinton the scandal of your father is still wirtten and readable. just kindly refrain for we did not elect him to portray a saintly attitude but by the way he leads and execute political will. thus he demonstrates psychological warfare. a short of preemptive measures for the soldier not to commit any crime.

  6. Abning Aquino on

    Peter baker, stop putting Duterte in bad light! When Aquino made plenteous and never ending mistakes, you didn’t say anything. Hypocrite! You have no business in our country; focus to your own.

  7. Abning Aquino on

    Chelsea, never interfere with the affairs of our president; New York Times always sucks with their news about our president. You don’t have the right to accuse Duterte of wrongdoing. He is a good loving father of our country. No hypocrisy and not playing politics. Will you please stop! You are being deceived and used. STOP!!