The president of the Philippines does not have a reputation for biting his tongue.
Rodrigo Duterte rose to power as he spit out crude comments in public speeches and then launched a raid on drug use as president. Thousands of people are dead.
And in a speech on Thursday, Duterte made a rascal about rape an obvious reference to a recent police report in which his hometown of Davao, where he once served as mayor, has recorded significant cases of sexual violence.
"They said there are many rape cases in Davao," Duterte said. "As long as there are many beautiful women, there will be more rape cases."
The President continued with rhetorical questions: "Who agrees to do it at the first request anyway? Will the woman permit it? No, no, no, ahhh." Nobody agrees to do it right away, "said Rappler, a news site in the Philippines, that's rape."
Women's groups condemned the remark, and its spokesman, Harry Roque, was quoted in the New York Times: "I do not think we should do it too much emphasis on what the president jokingly says."
"You are not okay with rape jokes," said Roque, "but let's just say that that's perhaps the measure of what's offensive and what's not offensive. The offensive is more liberal in the South. "
It's hard to say how many similar comments Duterte has made since taking office in 201
During the election campaign, before being elected, he raised the case of an Australian missionary, Jacqueline Hamill. The inmates of a Davao prison were raped and killed in a 1989 prison uprising. At this time he served as mayor of Davao.
"I was angry because she was raped, that's one thing," Duterte said. What a waste.
When Australian Ambassador to Manila Amanda Gorely responded on Twitter that "rape and murder should never joke or downplay," Duterte barked back, "That's politics," he wrote, "stay out there." Stay out They're out there. "
In another commentary on sexual assault in 2017, he is said to have said that he does not like children being raped universe," he said. "Maybe I'll even congratulate you for being the one." Bullets have to rape someone if you know you're going to die. "
Duterte's other derailments include calling the US ambassador to Manila" the gay son of a whore "" dumb, "all in one Country where the majority of people are Catholic.
And when his daughter said she had been sexually abused, he called her a "drama queen," the New York Times reported.
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