WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is facing yet another controversy by making a joke about rape… again.
- In a speech on Thursday, Duterte reacted to a police report about sexual violence, saying “there will be more rape cases as long as there are many beautiful women.”
- In the past, Duterte has also made a joke that soldiers assigned in areas where martial law had been declared could rape three women with his blessing.
Rodrigo Duterte, the president of the Philippines has been known for his acid tongue, making sarcastic and rude comments. He doesn’t restrain himself from swearing even during public speeches.
On Thursday, Duterte made another joke about rape, referencing a recent police report stating sexual violence in his hometown of Davao has recorded significant instances.
“They said there are many rape cases in Davao. As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases,” Duterte stated.
The president’s spokesman, Harry Roque, was quoted in the New York Times as saying, “I don’t think we should give too much weight on what the president says by way of a joke.”
“They’re not okay with rape jokes,” Roque added, “but let’s just say that perhaps the standard of what is offensive and what is not offensive is more liberal in the south.”
Since Duterte became president in 2016, he has already made countless “jokes” about rape and sexual abuse.
Last year, when he deployed soldiers in the southern part of the Philippines, where martial law had been declared, Duterte reportedly joked that soldiers could rape up to three women without facing any charges.
“If you had raped three, I will admit it, that’s on me,” Duterte said.
While he was serving as Davao’s mayor in 1989, an Australian missionary, Jacqueline Hamill, was gang-raped and killed in a prison riot. The case was brought up during his campaign to become president.
“I was angry because she was raped, that’s one thing,” he said “But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.”
Amanda Gorely, Australian ambassador to the Philippines, tweeted that “rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialized.”
Duterte responded by writing: “This is politics. Stay out Australian government. Stay out.”
In 2017, Duterte reportedly said that it upsets him when children are raped but, “you can mess with, maybe Miss Universe. Maybe I will even congratulate you for having the balls to rape somebody when you know you are going to die.”
Duterte also made headlines when he called the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines a “gay son of a whore,” and calling God “stupid.”
Even his own daughter became a victim of his acid tongue, calling her a “drama queen” when she said she was sexually assaulted when she was younger, the New York Times reported.
Source: Washington Post