• ‘My mouth can get the better of me’

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    SEEING RED Members of women’s group gather in Miriam College to condemn Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    SEEING RED Members of women’s group gather in Miriam College to condemn Mayor Rodrigo Duterte. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

    DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday apologized to Filipinos for his controversial rape comment, saying he did not mean to disrespect women.

    In a statement, Duterte said he regretted his remark about an Australian woman who was raped and killed in a prison riot in 1989.

    “I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally. There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims of this horrible crime. Sometimes my mouth can get the better of me,” he admitted.

    The tough-talking mayor was criticized after his controversial remarks about the 1989 gang rape and murder of Australian missionary Jaqueline Hamill inside the Davao City Police Office.

    The tough-talking mayor had initially refused to apologize for his remarks.

    On Tuesday, Duterte said he will not apologize for “the things I’ve done to protect our people, especially the weak and defenseless, from crime.”

    “I know what it can do to the victims and their families. The anguish and pain they cause. The trauma that can’t be erased. I have witnessed these myself numerous times,” he added.

    Duterte vowed to protect children and women if elected President.

    “If you will give me the chance to lead this country, I promise to all of you that I will protect our women, children and families from the horrors and disorder of crime. I will do this even if I lose my life, my honor and even the presidency, “ he said.

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    7 Comments

    1. Mayor D : I am voting for you, sir…but you need to be in control of your mouth…you need to show you can lead this nation through action, not words.

    2. alexis agustin on

      Mayor Duterte, there is always a room for improvement. You should learn from it. You should speak cautiously especially in terms of national issues. But still, you will get my vote for presidency.

    3. silvino sarga on

      Its a hell of a way to go. It was like Gen. George Patton stripped of his Army command because of gaffe: badmouthing the Russian Allies and a battle-shocked private recuperating in field hospital. He was later restored to command the famous Third Army which inflicted the greatest casualty to Hitler’s army.

      Hope Duterte recovers and maintain his slim lead until election day.

      • Yes, Duterte is a hell away to go as being so bad in manners. Maybe this is beyond of self and his being, There must be some power acting not an omen for this to happen, but like the urging of good Spirit for higher cause. Let us see the result on him is a supernatural act of self commitment, ” I promise to all of you that I will protect our women, children and families from the horrors and disorder of crime. I will do this even if I lose my life, my honor and even the presidency.“ Here nothing is important his Creator. I could see this is an occasion of having a supernatural power not possessed by mere man that cannot overcome the power of the devil, but a person sent by God for a mission, clothing him with supernatural power of God. This is not impossible for a mere human person to happen if God so wishes. This is the reason why no men can ever fathom the mystery of a man (like Duterte) as His creation.

    4. Ogold Azures on

      hahahhah, napagtanto mo na ba Du30 na foul ang nasabi mo.. Hangang kailang mo gagawin yan.. Uno sa papa, ngayon sa biktima ng rape at murder…. Baka kung presidente ka na at hindi mo na kailangan ang boto ay ikaw na ang hari ng Pinas… Wala ka ng sasantuhin kahit na sino. Wala ng SC, kongreso baka pari korte balewalain mo na rin tulad ng ginagawa mong extra judicial killing sa Davao? iba talaga ang nagagawa ng eleksyon, kahit sangano kinakailangang mag sorry… pati rapist nagso sorry na rin…

    5. Juan Delacruz on

      Your apology is accepted and Filipino people understand that you are a human being like everybody else, with many flaws and contradictions. You have done well in serving and protecting the people, and you may continue to clean up the country from bad elements when you are elected as the President. You are the last hope that the Filipino people have, in bringing peace, prosperity and harmony to the whole country.

    6. Kano nakikialam ng garapalan sa panloob na politika ng Pilipinas. Go away hegemon!

      Pilipino can handle it. Your opinion is not needed here.