The Philippines 2016 election is slated on May 9, 2016. Presidential hopeful Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is more likely the people’s choice to be the next president of the nation. With his rape joke involving an Aussie woman still ringing in people’s ears, it remains to be seen how Australia will react to his win.
Many will be unhappy of course, with some questioning how Filipinos can let such a man win, if he can make a rape joke, admit he killed people, and make jokes about disabilities.
For one, Australian newscaster Paul Murray on Sky News Australia, had a strong feeling of annoyance when he watched the statement of Duterte in a video. (See video below)
He showed his disgust on national TV and stated that if Duterte become the president of the Philippines, Australians should tear up their tickets and should not set foot on the Philippines. His co-host can be heard saying that it’s unbelievable that people who heard him make the joke can laugh merrily with him.
During one of his political rallies back in 1989, the presidential hopeful Duterte joked about wanting to have been the first to rape the Australian woman who was taken hostage.
The front runner in the presidential race said at the time “I looked at the woman’s face — son of a b—- — what a waste. What came to mind was, they raped her, they lined up.” The presidential candidate also said, “I was angry for the reason that she was raped, that’s one thing. … But, the woman was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.”
Although the joke was made years ago, a video of him started resurfacing since it is election time in the island nation. Australian and US ambassadors condemned Duterte for this.
Australian ambassador, Amanda Gorely, criticized Duterte’s remarks. “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere,” she posted on Twitter.
Duterte, however, made another controversial statement in an answer to this. He told the ambassadors to “shut their mouths.” ABC.NET reported that the 71-year-old Duterte stated, referring to the relationships with Australia and the US, “If I become president, go ahead and sever [diplomatic ties].”