Duterte says he doesn’t care if rape joke will cost him the presidency

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/17 April) – Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte is not afraid that his statement on the alleged rape of an Australian missionary held hostage and killed in August 1989 would cost him the presidency as he refused to apologize for uttering what he described as “gutter language” in his speech in Amoranto, Quezon City on April 12.

The seven-term Davao City mayor said he was “not joking” and acknowledged the statement he uttered was “gutter language.”

“I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul. If it brings me down, let it bring me down. If it brings me up to the presidency, well and good I will serve you but I will not as a matter of honor, apologize,” Duterte told television reporters Sunday afternoon in a 26-minute interview posted on youtube.

In a video clip from the April 12 Amoranto speech that went viral, Duterte said: “Put_ng ina, 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” (Son__b_ch, what a pity. What came to my mind was, they raped her, lined up for her. I was angry because she was raped. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a pity).

ABC News Australia ran a story titled “Rodrigo Duterte: Philippines presidential candidate jokes about rape and murder of Australian missionary.”

Duterte told reporters on Sunday that what he said in Amoranto on April 12 was merely a recounting of what happened during the hostage-taking, and how, in the first incident in April 1989, when prisoners led by Felipe Pugoy held hostage several civilians at the Davao Penal Colony in Davao del Norte, Duterte asked that he be taken hostage in exchange for the freedom of a three-month old child.

The alleged rape of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill happened in the second hostage-taking, in August 1989, that again involved Pugoy, at the detention center of the Metrodiscom (now Camp Domingo Leonor).

“In my utter anger, gutter language yan eh, salitang kanto.. Galit ako nung nagsasalita ako, nung binuksan ko, ang ganda-ganda parang artista galing Amerika. Putang ina naunahan pa ako. patayin mo lahat. Sa galit yun. (I was angry when I said that, when I opened the sheet and saw this beautiful person who looked like an American actress. Son…b..ch, they beat me to her. Kill them all. That was said in anger),” Duterte said, adding, “I was not joking. Yung pag-narrate ko doon sa Amoranto, eh naturalmente para ka namang actor.”

He said he took out his Uzi and fired a magazine to finish off the perpetrators.

“Gutter language yan. Ganyan mga lalaki pag naagsalita. Pu__ina naunahan mo pa ako leche ka. Sorry kung di magustuhan ng iba. Pero yan ang tototo. That is an incident but there is a story behind it. Nung sinabi ko na naunahan pa ang mayor, that is a bad incident. It was a bad remark. It was not a joke. Talagang galit ako nung sinabi ko yan. Ganyan mgasalita mga lalaki. Pu___ ina, naunahan mo pa kao. That’s a cliché,” he said.

He explained he would not apologize to any entity or person. “I will not.. I am even willing to lose the presidency. Do not make me apologize for something which I did nga talagang it was called for by the moment.”

He said he does not care if he loses the Gabriela votes. “I will not die if I do not become President. But certainly as a matter of honor, I will stick to my guns. I said it in the heat of anger. “

“I am sorry for the Filipino people. It’s my style. It’s my mouth .. I said it in the heat of anger but listen to the story behind,” he said.

“I will apologize to the Filipino people … because in the first place every crime that is committed against a hapless citizen is always the responsibility of government.

That the (1989 hostage taking) turned out to be bloody and gory, sorry,” but reiterated he would not apologize for what he said.

He said that portion of his Amoranto speech on the Australian missionary was “not a joke. I said it in a narrative. I was not smiling. I was just talking.”

‘Rape is a serious crime’

Gabriela Southern Mindanao issued no statement but the national Gabriela said rape is “a serious crime not just against women but against humanity” and is “not a joke nor something to be trivialized in a joke, especially by a public official and most especially by those aspiring for the highest post in the land.”

It said Duterte “should immediately apologize for his statements making fun of rape” and challenged him to “use his campaign to promote issues that will elevate the condition of women and their families.”

The Philippine Commission on Women in its statement said rape is a “gross violation of human rights and wholly not acceptable.”

“Trivializing rape through jokes hurts persons who are suffering or may have suffered from the trauma of rape. It also hurts their families and workers who assist victims-survivors who directly see the repercussions of the crime. Rape should never be made a laughing matter; neither should it be used to threaten someone. The repercussions of rape jokes are serious and damaging; victim-survivors once more recount their horrible experiences and recall the pain and suffering,” it said.

The PCW called on everyone to be “mindful of this serious and alarming issue” and to “dream and work collectively in creating a society where every person is valued, human dignity is upheld, and victims of despicable crimes such as rape are never denigrated to a laughingstock.”

It cited records from the Philippine National Police (PNP) that for the first half of 2015, reported rape cases went up to 8,288 from 5,069 cases during the same period in 2014.

“Crude joke”

While Duterte referred to his language as “gutter language,” Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel, President of Duterte’s party, the Partidong Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP-Laban), told MindNews Sunday afternoon that what Duterte uttered was a “crude joke.”

“I got worried akala ko he is being accused of rape. Hindi naman pala. It’s a case of a ‘crude’ joke. Tawag dyan sa Amerika ‘political incorrectness,’” Pimentel told MindaNews in a text message.

He added: “But we have accepted the personality of our Presidential candidate a long time ago. We live with that. We die with that. There might be a price to pay for political incorrectness here in the Philippines. We live with that, too. We hope that he won’t be too much criticized for what is obviously a side comment meant to ‘lighten’ a serious subject matter.”

After Duterte’s videotaped interview explaining his Amoranto remarks, Pimentel sent MindaNews a text message that Duterte had clarified his statement, that “he was recalling events decades ago. And he quoted himself as saying those words during that incident in 1989. Actual quotation from an actual event.” (Carolyn O. Arguillas / MindaNews)

 

  • Yoran E. Jit

    It’s Duterte Vs the world right now but he is sticking to his guns. I wish I had the guts like this guy. Such an unorthodox candidate!

  • TrueChange

    MAYOR DUTERTE INGAT PO!!!
    20 DAYS TO GO LAHAT GAGAWIN NILA TO STOP MAYOR DUTERTE….

    Wag makitid ang isip mga kababayan, ang mga salitang hindi maganda mula kay Du30 ay sinasamantala ng mga bulok na politiko para ang taong bayan ay LINLANGIN at bumuto sa kanila. dahil si du30 ay hadlang sa kanilang plano ituloy ang bulok na sistema.. puro plataporma nila puro sugpuin ang kahirapan, kagutuman,,, andyan na ang mga pangako nalalakihan ang budget…

    hinding hindi masusugpo ang kagutuman, ang kahirapan kung ang mga bulok na sistema ng ating pamahalaan ay magpapatuloy dahil hindi mawawala ang mga CORRUPT… KAHIT GAANO KALAKI ANG BUDGET NA PANGAKO NILA MAUUWI LANG YAN SA PAGNANAKAW NILA.

    ONLY MAYOR DUTERTE HAS SOLID AND CLEAR PLATFORM NA BAGUHIN ANG BULOK NA SISTEMA SUGPUIN ANG DROGA AT CRIMENALITIES. KAYA SA BAWAT BUTAS NA MAKAKASILIP SILA PINAPALAKI ITO NG MEDIA PARA ANG MAGAGANDANG PLANO AY HINDI MAISULONG DAHIL ITO AY HADLANG SA KANILA.

    ITO ANG MGA TOTOONG HINDI FIT MAGING PANGULO NG ATING BANSA… ROXAS, POE AT BINAY NA SINASAMANTALA PARA LINLANGIN ANG TAONG BAYAN GAMIT ANG MEDIA…

    Huwag kalimutan, YOLANDA, BOC, TANIM BALA, SAFF44, MRT, SMUGGLING, CORRUPTION, DRUGS AT IBA PANG MGA KABULUKAN SA GOBYERNO. LAHAT SILA NAKITA NA NATIN MAGLINGKOD PERO WALA KAKAYAHAN PURO NGAL NGAL AT ITO SINUSUYO ULET TAYO NAG PAPAKITA NG SILA ANG MABAIT, SILA ANG KAGALANG GALANG, MGA SUOT MALILINIS… WAG MAG PADALA SA GANDA NG BIHIS.. DAHIL ANG MGA DEMONYO AY TALAGANG GANUN SISILAWIN ANG TAONG BAYAN SA KAGANDAHAN PERO ITO PALAY KABALIKTARAN.

    Dont look on negative word of Mayor Duterte… but rather in the positive quality of Mayor Duterte to run and lead our country for REAL CHANGE.

    Du30!!! Du30!!! Du30!!!

  • Ray

    Let us not forget, HIS AUDIENCE IN AMORANTO rally, they have ADDED to controversy…Where they just laughed and smiled upon hearing those vile words, the supposed ‘narrative’ “Ang Mayor ang dapat mauna…”!!! What have they become??? How are they been transformed??? That they lapped to every ‘guttural words of Mayor Duterte, [email protected]*ng !n#, Bayot, Patayin ko kayo, et al…Please note, Decent Filipinos are AGAINST ALL THESE, and WE ARE THE MAJORITY comes this election!!!