Rodrigo Duterte is the controversial and mercurial leader of the Philippines. Some say that he is a dictator. The man who won the presidency on the back of one of his promises that he would kill drug-dealers has not stopped with the “crazy” statements.
What has he gone and done now? He was speaking about female rebels in a speech and what he said will most likely go down in history as the epitome of poor taste from a leader with a population of 103 million! What did he say exactly?
Duterte, who served as a city mayor before becoming President, said:
“Tell the soldiers, there’s a new order coming from the mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina.”
Human Rights Watch slammed the comments, which related to female communist rebels in the country.
It said in a statement to Al Jazeera, that it was just the latest in a series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women.
Carlos Conde, a Human Rights Watch representative in the Philippines, added:
“It encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict, which is a violation of international humanitarian law.”
It is not the first time the firebrand leader has come underfire for his controversial remarks. In May last year he ‘joked’ that his soldiers could rape women and he would go to prison for them as he rallied the troops against ISIS.
Duterte made the remark after imposing martial law as part of a clampdown on Maute terrorists, a move which drew heavy criticism, even from his allies.
He told troops:
“For this martial law and the consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible. Just do your work. I will handle the rest. I will be imprisoned for you. If you rape three (women), I will say that I did it.”
Damn! This guy just shoots from the hip! Trump would be proud!