We can recall several times when President Rodrigo Duterte joked about rape, and how he drew flak from the netizens. However, after getting bashed, he doesn’t seem to mind it. Just recently, during a tourism event in Davao, he drops a dry humor on raping a Miss Universe.
“What I don’t like are kids [getting raped],” Duterte said. “[But] you can mess with–maybe a Miss Universe.” he added.
While everyone in the room shared a brief laughter, his behaviour was way off. He even said that he would even congratulate someone who has the courage to rape a Miss Universe.
After the new ‘joke’ has been brought to the headlines, some personalities cannot help but react. For Ogie Diaz, the joke is a no-no. He posted a lengthy post on his Facebook account asking for people to understand the essence of the issue.
“Kung talagang mahal natin ang Pangulo, iparating natin sa kanya na hindi ginagawang joke ang rape,” he said starting his rant.
The actor-manager pointed out that all of his efforts will be put in vain because of these reckless jokes. He also pointed out the importance of his opinions and how they reflect on someone’s mind.
“Kung isang kanto boy siguro o isang mangmang ang nagsabi no’n, baka balewalain pa natin. Pero isang Pangulo, eh. Pangulo ng bansa. Ama ng Pilipinas sa susunod pang limang taon. Sinasandalan natin. Magpoprotekta sa mga naaapi niyang kababayan. Magtataguyod ng ginhawa at mabuting asal sa mga Pilipino para sa tagumpay ng bayan. Inaasahan nating magtatanggol sa mga kababaihan. Tinitingala,” he explained.
He also brought the importance of Duterte’s legal advisers to light.
“Andami n’yong nakapaligid sa Pangulo. Maanong sabihan n’yo kung talagang mahal n’yo siya. Kung totoong nagmamalasakit kayo sa kanya. Na tama na ‘yung nauna niyang pagkakamali tungkol sa rape. Natuto na siya dapat doon,” he shared.
And when someone commented that his hasty jokes are not importance and his involvement in our national growth is, Diaz went berserk.
“Kailangan talagang isumbat ang magagandang nagawa para sa bansa? Eh, kahit naman sino ang maging Pangulo, ‘yun naman talaga ang inaasahan natin sa kanya, di ba?Hindi ba pwedeng kung maraming nagagawang maganda eh dagdagan na lang kesa mag-joke tungkol sa rape.”
In his message, he also admitted his all-out support to the president during the campaigns.
“Ilambeses ko na ring naipagtanggol ang Pangulo noon, dahil sa panghuhusga sa kanya ng ilang maka-dilaw. Pero ito kasing rape joke, replay na, eh. Tama na po ang rape joke, Mahal na Pangulo. Hindi po siya kahit kelan nakakatawa.”
He encourages the president to joke about other things, and never about rape again.
“Huwag lang po ‘yung joke na pwedeng totohanin ng mga gago at tarantado na kapag nahuli at tinanong kumbakit sila nang-rape, ang isasagot nila ay, ‘Narinig ko kasi sa Presidente, eh. Parang ang cool lang mang-rape.'”
Ending his statement, he narrated that Duterte should think twice on the words he will say. He has a teenage daughter and for sure, he would want that to happen to her.
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