How is this even a joke and how come his supporters figure this to be a minor blimp? Duterte has no business being on the Philippines presidential ballot
…how can he possibly be a custodian of the law with such a mind set?
The leading candidate in the upcoming Phillipines presidential elections Rodrigo Duterte joked about the rape and murder of an Australian woman in the country in 1989, which has caused consternation home and abroad. The 71-year-old former soldier and one time mayor, jokingly referenced the brutal gang rape and murder of missionary Jacqueline Hamill at a Davao City jail during a 1989 riot. He was caught on film saying:
‘When the bodies were brought out, they were wrapped. I looked at her face, son of a b***h, she looks like a beautiful American actress. Son of a b***h, what a waste,’ Duterte said.
Crass rape jokes from leading Filipino presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has upset many people
The filmed campaign speech was released online to widespread consternation, while some supported the candidate. The controversial line was – ‘What came to mind was, they raped her, they lined up. I was angry because she was raped, that’s one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first.’
‘All the women were raped so during the first assault.’
Bearing in mind that the main theme of his political campaign is the call to end violence in the country, rivals have jumped on the opportunity saying the joke shows his ‘lack of fitness for the presidency’ and his ‘utter lack of respect for women’.
Vice President Jejomar Binay said Duterte is ‘a crazy maniac who doesn’t respect women and doesn’t deserve to be president.’
Duterte’s words does have support in some quarters: ‘We won’t apologise for he has done nothing wrong, it was a clear joke for God’s sake,’ one Filipina supporter said on social media.
Transcript of speech
All the women were raped so during the first assault, because they retreated, the bodies they used as a cover, one of them was the corpse of the Australian woman lay minister. Tsk, this is a problem. When the bodies were brought out, they were wrapped. I looked at her face, son of a bitch, she looks like a beautiful American actress. Son of a bitch, what a waste. What came to mind was, they raped her, they lined up. I was angry because she was raped, that’s one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste. – Translated by Rappler.com
Update newspaper report of incident