• Philippine presidential candidate Duterte attacked over rape joke on Aussie victim

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    MANILA: Leading Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, whose campaign promises a ruthless war on crime, was angrily condemned on Sunday after a video surfaced of him joking about a murdered Australian rape victim.

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    Duterte, who promises mass killings of suspected criminals if elected next month, appears in a video uploaded on YouTube making the joke about the female Australian missionary.

    The missionary, who was ministering in a prison in Davao in the southern Philippines, was raped and killed during a riot by inmates in 1989.

    Duterte was the city mayor at the time.

    “They raped all of the women… There was this Australian lay minister… when they took them out… I saw her face and I thought, ‘Son of a bitch. What a pity… they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first,” Duterte is shown telling a crowd of laughing supporters at a campaign rally.

    Duterte, who boasts of the extra-judicial killings of suspects by vigilantes during his time in Davao, is the preferred candidate in the run-up to the May 9 election, according to the latest opinion survey on April 3.

    His rivals, women’s groups and commentators on social media quickly denounced his remarks.

    President Benigno Aquino’s spokesman Herminio Coloma said the comments show “his lack of fitness for the presidency” and his “utter lack of respect for women.”

    Aquino, who under the constitution cannot seek a second term, is supporting another candidate, his former interior secretary Mar Roxas who trails Duterte in opinion surveys.

    Rival presidential candidate Vice President Jejomar Binay called Duterte’s remarks “simply revolting.”

    “You are a crazy maniac who doesn’t respect women and doesn’t deserve to be President,” Binay told Duterte in a statement.

    Another candidate Senator Grace Poe, who is just behind Duterte in the surveys, called his comment “distasteful and unacceptable, and reflects his disrespect for women.”

    One Filipino remarked on Twitter: “I broke down after watching Duterte on Aussie rape. I can’t fathom how his followers can laugh at it.”

    Women’s group Gabriela attacked Duterte’s remarks, saying rape or any other form of sexual abuse was not a joke “nor something to be trivialized in a joke,” especially by someone seeking the presidency.

    Many Filipinos have embraced Duterte for his vulgarity-laced speeches, his boasts of sexual conquests and his promised war on crime.

    Even when he called Pope Francis a “son of a whore,” in a speech last November, his followers in the devoutly Catholic nation quickly forgave him.

    Spokesmen for Duterte had no immediate comment when approached by Agence France-Presse. Many of his followers brushed off the controversy.

    “We won’t apologize for he has done nothing wrong, it was a clear joke for God’s sake,” one Filipina supporter said on Twitter. AFP

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    7 Comments

    1. Concerned Citizen on

      It will be a big blow to our developing democracy, progress in our economy, and our relationship with our most preferred allied country if our people support a man like Mayor Duterte to become our next President. The poor and rich alike who support him on the opinion polls will regret if the mayor gets elected. This presidential campaign has become a war between Good and Evil. We don’t need to be religious to know what is right or what is wrong. We have a presidential candidate who can’t measure to the highest standard of morality and civility. Is this what we want for our leader to do even if our freedom and basic human rights are not protected and that he would be a one-man ruler above the law allowing vigilantes to eliminate corrupt people and drug pushers? How about those innocent people accused or being suspected of doing such crimes, will they be eliminated without due process of law? Of course we want corruption and illegal drug business to get eradicated in the most expedient way! But how? The Duterte’s way? Where are the INC, Catholic Bishops, and other spiritual leaders? Have they been denouncing Duterte’s ways openly in public? From a concerned citizen.

    2. People who can joked about such tragedy as rape & murder that happened to innocents would not be laughing any more when such things happened to their family.

      • I will still consider a political system change [FEDERALISM]
        Those kind of political attack to DU30 will not help my empty stomach problem. If POE become a president and she told to everybody in congress ” STOP. stop the corruption Drilon and Belmonte reaction
        ” Gusto mo impeached kindergarten teacher dummy president” SWS False asia survey got paid so U are all alone. Call Abnoy ,your last card

    3. Frank Del Carmen on

      Duterte’s real color starts to show. He does not have the leadership quality that the Filipinos are looking for. The country is facing a large challenge in the form of China’s illegal occupation of Spratley. His siga-siga approach in solving this issue is not legally acceptable and will jeopardized the safety of our countrymen. Please think or research the subject matter before making ignorant statements. Maybe Duterte can take some acting lessons so he can be a kontrabida in movies.

    4. Rape is not a joking matter! That Filipina supporter of Duterte who believes that he has done thing wrong needs to have her head examined! Obviously, she is a ‘cult” member who has drank the “kool-aid” for her beloved Mayor! Hopeless and gullible! If her sister, or a friend, or her mother had been the victim, would she still believe that Duterte has done nothing wrong?

    5. Teddy Sevilla on

      It was a Duterte supporter who first uploaded the video. Akala niya siguro, bida siya for scooping this latest “joke” of Duterte.

      Joke lang pala. So why was the video taken down in less than an hour? Because public condemnation was huge and swift, di ba?

      I pity the poor guy. I can just imagine what his fellow Dutertards will do to him. Sana batok at kantiyaw lang ang abutin. Joke lang naman, di ba?