Accustomed to outrage and insults, the controversial Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippine president, added a layer with a shattering statement.
“They say there are many rapes in Davao. As long as there are a lot of beautiful women, there will be more cases of rape, “said Rodrigo Duterte, he released Thursday, August 30 at a meeting on crime in Davao.
A statement such as an apology for rape, which provoked the ire of several feminist associations. “Rather than seriously tackling the problem, the misogynist Duterte worsens the wounds of rape victims with these insults,” said the collective #BabaeAko, quoted by BFM TV.
Even before his election to the presidency of the Philippines in June 2016, the same source said, Rodrigo Duterte made headlines joking about the rape of an Australian missionary, murdered in 1989 during a riot in a prison in Davao
“I saw his face and I thought, damn, what a pity. They raped her, they all waited their turn. I was angry that they raped her but she was so beautiful. I thought, ‘the mayor should have gone first,’ “he said.
Remarks that naturally provoked the wrath of the feminist association Women against Duterte had then filed a complaint for rape apology with the UN Commission on Human Rights.
Describing himself as a dictator, Rodrigo Duterte also boasted of having two mistresses.
In November, BFM TV recalls, he did not hesitate to insult Pope Francis, at the risk of shocking the 80% of Catholics in the Philippines.
Commenting on the visit of the sovereign pontiff to the archipelago in January 2015, Rodrigo Duterte had accused him of causing huge traffic jams: “It took us five hours to get from the hotel to the airport. I asked who was waiting. They said it was the pope, I wanted to call it. The pope, son of a bitch, comes home. Do not come to visit anymore.