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“How shall freedom be defended? By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma. Always, in the final act, by determination and faith.”

― Archibald MacLeish

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Duterte's Rape Joke on Australian Draws National & International Condemnation!

VIRAL: Video of Duterte joking about raped Australian woman
Disgusting endorsement of sexual violence by Philippines presidential contender Duterte should be utterly condemned!
Human Rights Watch
From Update.Ph
A video clip of Presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Duterte is making rounds over the internet. In the said clip Duterte made a joke regarding an Australian rape victim. Duterte said the rape victim was so beautiful and the ‘mayor’ should have been first.
Liberal Party Presidential candidate Mar Roxas reacted on the viral video of Duterte on the rape of the Australian woman. He said rape is a serious problem.
“Anyone who laughs at the ultimate assault on the dignity of women should not be allowed to wield power. Ang babae ay may karapatan, hindi pinaglalaruan. Hindi ito katatawanan, kahayupan ito,” Roxas said.
Duterte's Joke on Australian Rape Victim
In a viral video, Duterte made a statement about an Australian rape victim whom he described as “beautiful.” The mayor “should have been first,” he said.
“”Nirape nilang lahat ng mga babae sa ‘yung unang asolte, kasi nagretreat sila; naiwan yung ginawa nilang cover. Ang isa doon ‘yung lay minister na Australyana. Tsk, problema na ito… ‘Pag labas, edi binalot. Tinignan ko yung mukha, t*** i** parang si… parang artista sa America na maganda,” he said.
“P***** i**, sayang ito. Ang nagpasok sa isip ko, nirape nila, pinagpilahan nila doon. Nagalit ako kasi ni-rape? Oo, isa rin ‘yun . Pero napakaganda; dapat ang mayor muna ang mauna. Sayang,” he added. From Inquirer
Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte 
slammed over rape joke
From Strait Times Singapore
MANILA (AFP) - Leading Philippine presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte, whose campaign promises a ruthless war on crime, was angrily condemned on Sunday (April 17) after a video surfaced of him joking about a murdered Australian rape victim.
Mr Duterte, who promises mass killings of suspected criminals if elected next month, appears in a video uploaded on YouTube making the joke about the female Australian missionary.
The missionary, who was ministering in a prison in Davao in the southern Philippines, was raped and killed during a riot by inmates in 1989.
Mr Duterte was the city mayor at the time.
"They raped all of the women... There was this Australian lay minister... when they took them out... I saw her face and I thought, 'Son of a bitch. what a pity... they raped her, they all lined up. I was mad she was raped but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first," Mr Duterte is shown telling a crowd of laughing supporters at a campaign rally.
Mr Duterte, who boasts of the extra-judicial killings of suspects by vigilantes during his time in Davao, is the preferred candidate in the run-up to the May 9 election, according to the latest opinion survey n April 3.
His rivals, women's groups and commentators on social media quickly denounced his remarks.
President Benigno Aquino's spokesman Herminio Coloma said the comments show "his lack of fitness for the presidency" and his "utter lack of respect for women".
Mr Aquino, who under the constitution cannot seek a second term, is supporting another candidate, his former interior secretary Mar Roxas, who trails Mr Duterte in opinion surveys.
Rival presidential candidate, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, called Mr Duterte's remarks "simply revolting".
"You are a crazy maniac who doesn't respect women and doesn't deserve to be president," Mr Binay told Mr Duterte in a statement.
Another candidate, Senator Grace Poe, who is just behind Mr Duterte in the surveys, called his comment "distasteful and unacceptable, and reflects his disrespect for women".
One Filipino remarked on Twitter: "I broke down after watching Duterte on Aussie rape. I can't fathom how his followers can laugh at it."
Women's group Gabriela attacked Mr Duterte's remarks, saying rape or any other form of sexual abuse was not a joke "nor something to be trivialised in a joke", especially by someone seeking the presidency.
Many Filipinos have embraced Mr Duterte for his vulgarity-laced speeches, his boasts of sexual conquests and his promised war on crime.
Even when he called Pope Francis a "son of a whore", in a speech last November, his followers in the devoutly Catholic nation quickly forgave him.
Spokesmen for Mr Duterte had no immediate comment when approached by AFP. Many of his followers brushed off the controversy.
"We won't apologise for he has done nothing wrong, it was a clear joke for God's sake," one Filipina supporter said on Twitter.
The Punisher: Encourages the killing of criminals 
without due process.
From news.com.australia
A NOTORIOUS mayor who has taken law enforcement into his own hands is  running for president of the Philippines.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who has been dubbed the real-life Punisher, has received local adoration and international condemnation for using vigilante methods to tackle crime.
For the uninitiated, The Punisher is a comic book and movie character who wages a one-man war against the mob, using murder, kidnapping, extortion and torture to crush criminal elements.
Mr Duterte, who was elected for his seventh term last year, earned the “Punisher” reputation by encouraging the killing of criminals without first finding them guilty in court.
The mayor has long been linked to the so-called Davao Death Squad, a vigilante outfit responsible for the execution of drug traffickers, petty criminals, gang members and other lawless elements. More than 700 people went missing between 2005 and 2008, presumed killed by the squad.
National Berdugo (Butcher)
From Human Rights Watch
For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines’ main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem. They’re a political platform.
Duterte publicly admitted his direct links to the Davao death squad during a May 24 live broadcast of his weekly television talk show. “Am I the death squad? True. That is true,” Duterte said on-air while discussing his accomplishments as Davao’s chief executive. He then pledged that if he became president of the Philippines he would execute 100,000 more criminals and dump their bodies in Manila Bay.
Duterte’s comments echoed those he made on May 15, which asserted the summary killing of suspected criminals as a key plank to his approach to public security.
Duterte’s boastful brand of violent impunity should be a path to prosecution, not a platform for political office. Until the government adopts a zero tolerance attitude toward public officials who publicly endorse extrajudicial killings as an acceptable approach to governance, Duterte and others like him will pose a grave danger to the safety of the citizens they are elected to protect.
1987 Constitution
ARTICLE III
BILL OF RIGHTS
Section 1. No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law, nor shall any person be denied the equal protection of the laws.
Duterte openly admits killing 3 criminals in Davao City
From Inquirer
“Criminality has to stop,” said presidential aspirant and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday, admitting that he has killed three criminals in Davao City.
In an interview with radio DZMM, Duterte was asked if he has already killed criminals.
“Marami na,” Duterte said, adding that he has killed three kidnappers during an operation.
The tough-talking mayor recalled an incident when a girl was kidnapped and the perpetrators refused to surrender.
“One time, may kinidnap silang babae, so binigay ng pamilya yung pangalan ko. I was there sa vicinity,” he said.
Duterte said he asked the kidnappers to surrender, but they refused to heed the mayor’s call.
“Sabi ko, taas kamay. Hindi tinaas, so binaril ko,” he said.
Asked if this wasn’t a human rights violation, Duterte said he was doing his job as a person in authority.
"If I obey the 10 Commandments or listen to priests, I would not be able to do anything as a mayor." DoDirty 
From Philippine Daily Inquirer
Duterte has projected the image of an action-oriented, results-driven executive who can address people’s fears about an environment perceived as dominated by criminal elements. In the process, he has broadly, almost boastfully hinted that he had indeed ignored human rights and legal norms, enforcing the law by violating the law.
A future president accustomed to act with impunity places everyone on a slippery slope. Where would Duterte draw the line on crimes he can punish without regard for constitutionally guaranteed human rights?