VIRAL: Duterte makes a Joke about Australian Rape-Slay victim; other candidates react

A new viral video has been making the rounds of social media. In it, 2016 President-aspirant Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte makes a joke about an Australian rape-slay victim.

The one-minute video clip that was posted by YouTube user “Beatboxer ng Pinas” last April 16, 2016 featured Duterte in the middle of a speech at a campaign rally, sharing the story of a female Australian missionary who was raped and killed. The now infamous video continues to criticism from netizens and the general public as seen on the original YouTube source and various social media.

The following text contains graphic and violent language:
Nirape nila lahat ng mga babae. So ‘yung unang asolte, kasi nagretreat sila; naiwan yung ginawa nilang cover, ang isa doon yung layminister na Australyana. Tsk, problema na ito…Pag labas, edi binalot, tinignan ko yung mukha, ‘tangina parang artista sa America na maganda. Putangina, sayang ito. Ang nagpasok sa isip ko, nirape nila, pinagpilahan nila doon. Nagalit ako kasi nirape, oo isa rin ‘yun, pero napakaganda, dapat ang mayor muna ang mauna. Sayang.”

(“They raped all the women. So in the first assault, because they retreated,  the remains of the people they used as cover were left, one of which was the body of an Australian lay minister. Tsk, this is a problem… When the body was brought outside which was then covererd, I looked at her face, son of a bitch she looks like a beautiful celebrity from America. Son of a bitch, this is such a waste. What came to my mind was, they raped her, and lined up for her. I got angry because she was raped, that’s one thing, but she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.” )

An Inquirer article, which reported about the controversial viral video, made the connection that Davao Mayor was referring to the 1989 hostage incident by Felipe Pugoy, an inmate of the Davao City Police Office. The “Pugoy” hostage taking incident involved the police storming the city jail after prisoners had taken over and ministers who were there to preach were held hostage and killed in the process. This included Australian lay missioner Jaqueline Hamill, 36 years old.

The controversial video instantly went viral and received the ire of a majority of Filipino netizens.

I worked with victims of human trafficking. Many of these women and little girls were raped. They are often raped by…

Posted by Kip Oebanda on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Fellow Presidential candidates also released their respective statements about the rape joke

As a woman, I take offense at the statement made by another Presidential candidate about rape. It is distasteful and…

Posted by Grace Poe on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Statement of Mar Roxas on the viral video of Duterte on the rape of the Australian woman:Seryosong problema ang rape….

Posted by Mar Roxas on Saturday, April 16, 2016

Hindi nakakatawa ang rape at murder ng isang babae.Mister Duterte, wala ka bang ina? Wala ka bang anak na babae?…

Posted by Jojo Binay on Saturday, April 16, 2016

National Woman’s alliance group GABRIELA also released a statement and open latter addressing Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s joke about rape:

Rape is a serious crime not just against women but against humanity. Rape, or any form of sexual abuse is not a joke…

Posted by GABRIELA | A National Alliance of Women on Saturday, April 16, 2016

This is not the first time that Duterte made some highly questionable statements that drew ire of many Filipinos, including one about his joke about the Pope Francis’s Philippine visit.

This is also not the first time that a public personality drew flak from joking about rape. Vice Ganda was also heavily criticized for his rape joke at the expense of multi-award winning journalist Jessica Soho in his “I-Vice Ganda Mo Ako sa Araneta” comedy concert back in 2013.

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