Philippine Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, who earned the nickname of Philippines’ Donald Trump, has earned the flak of netizens over his rape joke made some 27 years ago.
The incident originated from a deadly prison riot in Davao City in 1989. During the riot, prisoners held hostage some foreign missionaries who paid a visit to the prisoners. 36-year-old Jacqueline Hamill from Australia was one of them. She was raped and killed by the hostage takers.
Following the horrific incident, Duterte, who was serving as the town Mayor then said: “I looked at her face, son of a ****, she looks like a beautiful American actress. Son of a ****, 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,” Duterte said more as reported by local news website Rappler.
The Australian government has already expressed its dismay over Duterte’s remarks, saying the mayor’s comments were ‘highly regrettable’. A spokesperson for Australia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said the country is already aware of Duterte’s comments, the ABC News reported.
“We note there has been widespread condemnation of the comments in the Philippines, including from Philippine President Benigno Aquino. Australia strongly condemns such comments that make light of rape, which is a violent crime. Rape, or any form of sexual abuse, should not be trivialized,” the Australian spokesperson was quoted as saying by the ABC News.
Duterte, who is now the frontrunner for this year’s presidential election, has been lambasted by his rivals, including the incumbent Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Grace Poe.
“You feel it’s a waste that you did not rape the Australian lay minister? You are a crazy maniac who doesn’t respect women and doesn’t deserve to be president,” Binay said.
Meanwhile, Duterte maintained that he has no plans of issuing a public apology. According to a report from the CNN, Duterte said he made those statements out of ‘utter anger’ over the incident in 1989. He added that he won’t apologize even if it would cost him the presidency.