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“Dapat ipakita muna ni Roxas na tuli na siya (Roxas should prove that he's circumcised).” DUTERTEa : strange or clumsy in shape or appearance : outlandish
b : lacking in polish and grace : rugged
c : awkward and uncultivated in appearance, manner, or behavior : rude
Spokespersons of the ruling Liberal Party (LP) on Saturday hit back at Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for supposedly making the presidential elections “cheap” after he challenged administration standard bearer Mar Roxas to prove that he is circumcised.
Caloocan Rep. Edgar Erice, LP political affairs chief, said Duterte is “making the process of electing a president cheap.”
“Decency in ways and decorum are also a must for a president who will be the face of the Filipinos in the international community,” Erice said.
Duterte is also running for president in the May elections in tandem with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who is gunning for the vice presidency.
On Friday, Duterte said he was willing to disclose his medical records in response to Roxas’ statement that presidential candidates should make public their state of health.
But Duterte said he will only do this on one condition, “Dapat ipakita muna ni Roxas na tuli na siya (Roxas should prove that he's cicumcised).”
Marikina Rep. Romero Quimbo, a spokesperson for the LP, said Duterte has “gone to becoming pathetic.”
“The people deserve a serious discourse of what’s going on to happen under their administration if he becomes President. I can just imagine him now telling the Chinese Premier that he’s uncircumcised,” Quimbo said.
“Maybe he has a penchant for looking at men’s private parts but he should now keep that to himself considering he’s running for the highest position in the land - someone who will lead 104 million Filipinos,” he added.
In a statement, Duterte’s spokesperson, Peter Laviña, clarified that the comment was taunt and what the mayor really meant was that Roxas was “someone who is not cut out for the position.”
“Duterte has always looked at Mar Roxas as someone unfit to lead the country -- someone who is not cut out for the position. That was what the mayor meant when he dared Roxas to prove that he is cut,” Laviña explained. From GMA News
Duterte has gained a lot of critics recently when he was caught cursing Pope Francis, a very popular figure in the Catholic-majority country.
From GMA 7News:
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte thinks Pope Francis will understand comments he made about the pontiff on Monday during his declaration speech as the standard-bearer of PDP-Laban.
The tough-talking mayor has come under fire from netizens for cussing out the pontiff during his rambling speech, which included an anecdote about getting stuck in traffic during last January's Papal Visit.
Duterte said it took him five hours to travel to the airport because of road closures.
"Sabi ko, 'Bakit?' Sabi sarado na [ang daan]. Sabi ko, 'Sinong darating?' Sabi si Pope. Gusto kong tawagan, 'Pope, p— ina ka, umuwi ka na. 'Wag ka nang bumisita dito," Duterte quipped.
“When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame.”
– Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, CBCP President
Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz refused to dwell on the comments made by Duterte toward the pontiff, but said the mayor's track record in womanizing and human rights make him unfit to be president.
"Papatay siya kung sino ang gusto niya. Mag-aasawa siya kung ilan ang gusto niya. Delikado 'yan kung talagang alam niya ang sinasabi niya. Nakakatakot," said Cruz.
As the 2016 Philippine electoral contest looms large, we wonder whether Duterte is happy with the results of a campaign that he has built almost entirely on hatred, fear and personal invective. Does he have any remorse over what he’s created, or is it all just part of the show for him?
“Mayor Duterte, you can say all you want about politicians but you don’t curse my Pope Francis!Secretary Lacierda
On his Twitter account, Palace presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said: “Mayor Duterte, you can say all you want about politicians but you don’t curse my Pope Francis! #defendthepope”
Davao City – “Kung ilalagay ako ng Diyos na maging president, ang unang magdudusa ay ang Diyos” (If God places me in the presidency, the first one to suffer will be God Himself).”Mayor Duterte
From Durian Post Online
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte scared off those clamoring for him to run for president in 2016, with a warning he will do a Ferdinand Marcos if he is in Malacanang.
The late dictator Marcos ruled the country for more than two decades half of it under martial law, until People Power forced him to flee the country in 1986.
I will declare martial law and shut down the Senate and Congress, he said in his television program Gikan sa Masa Para sa Masa on ABS/CBN Davao.
"You will regret it", he said in a message to those pushing him to run for the presidency.
AMNESTY International on raised red flags about the human rights record of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and expressed alarm at the public’s fascination with his notoriety for using trigger-happy solutions to crime.
The London-based nongovernment organization, which won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1977, said that of the five presidential aspirants, it had been monitoring “for the longest time” the activities of Duterte, who has emerged as a front-runner in opinion polls, particularly on persistent rumors of his links to the vigilante “Davao Death Squad.”
One of the mayor’s recent pronouncements that has particularly distressed the human rights group was when he said he intended to revive the death penalty and “to execute it on a weekly basis,” said Amnesty International Philippines (AIP) chair Ritz Lee Santos III.
“There are no formal charges in court, but based on the records of the Commission on Human Rights, which we also monitor, there are allegations of human rights violations against him,” he said.
The militant Karapatan, one of the most vocal rights groups in the Philippines, has been unusually silent on alleged vigilante killings in Davao City. From Inquirer
“Many are asking what my credentials are and what I can do for the Philippines,” he said when he spoke. “They are telling me that they heard I am a womanizer. That is true. That is very true.”
“I have a wife who is sick. Then I have a second wife, who is from Bulacan.”
“I have two girlfriends. One is working as a cashier and the other works for a cosmetics store at a mall. The one working at the cosmetics store is younger. The other one is older but more beautiful.”From Inquirer
A women’s group slammed Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, saying “womanizing and flaunting it is an affront to women.”
Gabriela Partylist issued the statement after Duterte, in a no-holds barred speech on Sunday, admitted that he does not only have two wives but two girlfriends as well.
The tough-talking mayor admitted that when he was younger, he would spend the whole night with his girlfriends, but since he had grown older, he could spend only “short time.”
“Womanizing and treating women as objects is an affront to women and it is not something that should be flaunted,” Rep. Emmie de Jesus of Gabriela Partylist said in a statement on Tuesday.
“This reeks of machismo, reinforces the society’s low regard of women and consequently increases women’s vulnerability to violence and abuse,” de Jesus said.
The lawmaker said this is “both distasteful and unacceptable.”
Gabriela called on candidates in the 2016 elections “to refrain from making statements and committing acts that are offensive to women.”
“Those setting their sights on ruling the country must impose upon themselves, the highest standards towards uplifting society’s views on women and helping ensure the protection of women from abuse,” de Jesus said.
Gabriela “urged Duterte and other candidates to delve into platforms and discuss women’s and people’s issues rather than employ derogatory statements and actions that malign women.”