Philippine Prez Candidate: Rape Comment Is 'How Men Talk'
Rodrigo Duterte (aka 'Duterte Harry') isn't sorry for shocking remarks
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2016 9:39 AM CDT
In this March 10, 2016, photo, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte talks to the media in Manila, Philippines.   (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

(Newser) – Some men talk sports and politics. But the front-runner for May's presidential election in the Philippines has different ideas about how guys shoot the breeze—and he's taking heat for it. Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte made a campaign speech Sunday, and in it he referred to the 1989 rape and murder of an Australian missionary during a riot in the Philippine prison where she worked, Time reports. "I saw her face and I thought: 'Son of a bitch, what a pity,'" Duterte said, per AFP. "I was mad she was raped, but she was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first." Duterte told reporters later Sunday that he was so overcome with rage while talking about the incident that he said what he said in "utter anger." "I said, 'Sons of whores, she is as pretty as an American movie star. They got to her before me. So kill them all,'" he said, per the Telegraph. He's not feeling especially apologetic, adding, "This is how men talk."

Response to the man called "Duterte Harry" for his harsh approach to crime—he's warned he'll throw so many criminals' bodies in Manila Bay that the fish will "grow fat"—has been fierce. One of his opponents is calling him a "crazy maniac," while a Human Rights Watch director labels his comments a "disgusting endorsement of sexual violence," per the BBC. Based on past braggadocio, some think this is just Duterte-speak: He's boasted before about having two wives and two girlfriends (he "can't imagine life without Viagra" and wants to give Pfizer an award), and he called Pope Francis a "son of a whore" last year. "You don't know when he's being ironic or using hyperbole or pulling your leg," an HRW researcher tells Time. But don't compare him to Donald Trump. "It's one thing to be [a] loudmouth, but another to be a bigot," he tells Time. (Duterte's daughter once punched out a sheriff.)
 

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