Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Tells Troops to Shoot Female Rebels in the Vagina
New Delhi, Feb 12: Philipines President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked a new controversy by asking his soldiers to shoot female rebels in their vaginas. He was addressing a group of former communist rebel on February 7.
Served as a Mayor before becoming president, Duterte asked soldiers to target women in conflict. “Tell the soldiers. ‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina,'” he said.
Local media reported “If there is no vagina, it would be useless,” he continued, appearing to imply that women are useless without their genitals.”
However, this is not first time he has draw flak for his misogynistic remarks. Last summer, his rape joke about Miss Universe was widely condemned.
“What I don’t like are kids [being raped],” he said. “You can mess with, maybe a Miss Universe. Maybe I will even congratulate you for having the balls to rape somebody when you know you are going to die.”
He even told Muslim fighter inMarawai that they can rape upto three women without fearing punishment.
Duterte sparked outrage by saying that he, as mayor of Davao, “should have been first” to rape an Australian missionary in jail in 1989.
Since he came to power on a promise to kill all the country’s drug users and dealers, thousands of Filipinos have been shot dead, prompting the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary examination.
Duterte regularly denigrates and threatens women, but when questioned he says it was just a joke.
Just last week his spokesman, Harry Roque, accused women of “overreacting” to the President’s comments. According to the official transcript from the February 7 event, the crowd did, in fact, laugh.
Several women’s rights activists have condemned Duterte’s latest violent remark.