Duterte ‘rape joke’ video highlights the disturbing way Filipinos regard European foreigners

The thing I noted about the whole ‘Duterte rape joke’ episode captured in the now-viral video is not the offensive joke per se but the way the audience hooted in unison as Duterte delivered the punchline. This, plus the fact that the video had sustained its remarkable obscurity for this long points to a disturbing aspect of Filipino society. As Get Real Post writer Grimwald pointed out earlier, rape jokes and other objectionable types of humour are regarded as normal in Philippine society.

Jaqueline Hamill at one of the prisons in the Philippines where she performed missionary work (Source: Facebook)
Jaqueline Hamill at one of the prisons in the Philippines where she performed missionary work
(Source: Facebook)
Filipinos, for that matter, harbour a baffling regard for foreigners — particularly foreigners of European descent. On one hand, white foreigners are afforded a disproportionate amount of deference — even reverence — in Philippine society. On the other hand, this bizarre biblical regard for foreigners also makes them a source of perverse fascination — curiosities to be poked and prodded, fed one kind of Filipino delicacy or another, and then observed. This is the reason why there is an inordinate amount of attention paid by Filipinos to videos and articles written by European tourists about their experiences in the Philippines. Watching European foreigners navigate the Philippine setting is a popular form of entertainment in the Philippines.

The dark side to this otherwise quaint way Filipinos relate with their co-species from the other side of the planet is that the level or even nature of empathy extended to them is not the same. This, perhaps, explains why Duterte’s audience in that now-infamous video laughed with him rather than express the profound revulsion expected of a truly empathetic people.

Filipinos, quite simply, do not see European foreigners as human beings. They are, in most Filipinos’ eyes, aliens to gawk, ogle, and objectify. Most foreign women who have visited or lived in the Philippines will have come out of the experience brimming with tales of incessant day-to-day harassment copped from the locals. Foreign men, for their part, will likely recount the all-too-familiar “Human ATM Machine” treatment they get — whether from their own Filipino spouses or girlfriends or the entire barrio of hangers-ons that descend upon them when they first set foot in the islands.

One thing we can credit Duterte for is that he has brought that disturbing reality about the character of Filipinos to the fore. As expected, the who’s-who of the Philippines’ “civil society” and their cadre of social media mavens are busy tweeting and re-tweeting various factoids and two-cent opinions about the latest Duterte PR fiasco. The question is, is this outrage reflected in the timelines of the Starbucks classes representative of the broader swathe of Filipinos who will be trooping to the polling booths this May? In essence, the important question to ask here is…

Do ordinary Filipinos share the profound outrage that the Philippines’ minority urbane A-B classes tap into their pricey iPads in between latte sips?

That remains to be seen. A certain Robin Haines Merrill, in a post published on his Facebook profile today, gave a human face to the Australyana referred to by Duterte. The woman who was the subject of Duterte’s standup comedy was, according to Merrill, Jaqueline Hamill who, at 36 years old, was killed while doing missionary work in Mindanao…

Jacqueline was raped and had her throat slit while ministering in the jails in southern Philippines in a 1989 hostage taking. Duerte was recorded this week saying in his political rally that while he ordered the killing of the hostage takers while he was mayor, he wished he could have raped her first, since she was so beautiful. Looking back on this photo, I realize ministering in jails as a woman is very risky and looks outright naive, like the “you got what was coming to you” mentality that is prevalent today.

Would Hamill, presented a bit more up-close-and-personal than the way Duterte presented her, move the legions of die-hard Duterte supporters who have sworn virulent allegiance to their idol? The cognitive leap we are awaiting is whether or not Filipinos are capable of going beyond seeing that woman as someone who was more than a body “wrapped in a plastic bag”, as Duterte described in his encounter with her.

This will be an interesting and measureable experiment on the quality of the Filipino character. Come May, there will be a quantitative outcome in this experiment that will determine whether or not Filipinos can truly be regarded as a civilised people.


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Jim DiGriz

I’m not particularly delighted by the rape part, but always find it hilarious when missionaries get killed.


“This will be an interesting and measureable experiment on the quality of the Filipino character. Come May, there will be a quantitative outcome in this experiment that will determine whether or not Filipinos can truly be regarded as a civilised people.”
Nailed it benign0. I said it before and I say it again; these dutertards, they’re no different from noytards. Different politician supported, same dysfunctional pinoy.

Well Being an “Americano” or “Joe” for the Past 10 Years, A Very Devout Servant of God (As my 1st Choice in Life was To Be A Priest And Was Ordained in 1995), Then Served 20 years with the US Military as a Chaplin I Can See All The Different Approaches and Angle’s To This Entire Story, But I Believe That The Missionary Work Conveyed by Both Our Father and Our Saviour Was To Find Those Who Were Lost. I Would Have To Believe Also That The Individuals In This Correction Facility Were Indeed Not Lost, Simply Paying Their Debt… Read more »

Civility is not a sign of weakness ..sincerity is always subject to proof~ John F Kennedy.

Rape, like other structural and cultural violence are creeping like vines into the already sugar coated fucked-up society. That continues to screw up the sanctity of equilibrium pertaining to one’s gender and generation. Duterte’s statement about rape, which solidifies the deteriorating “colors of the country” define exactly what the nation is today. It cannot be denied that every person tries to cover up his darkest interests to clean the shit out of his slate notwithstanding that his secrecy lies a dilemma that will be a problem in the future. We Filipino’s bury our secrets into the ground along with lovely… Read more »

My opinion is still that Filipinos tend to have little to no respect for anyone not within their immediate circle of “kakilalas.” This could be best expressed in the words of our president himself: “I don’t go to funerals of people I don’t know.” This is the kind of attitude that helps keep our society backwards.

Benigno is a FRAUD
the video shows what a despicable creep this Deuterte guy really is. It is not about his right to say it as it is ALL about what a PIECE OF SHIT Rodrigo Deuterte is. That his followers think it is funny is not about their right to laugh but about the fact that they think it is funny and laugh right along with their PIECE OF SHIT Idol. Anyone who votes for Deuterte is just as big a PIECE OF SHIT as he is. This guy is a Neanderthal who must have been unfrozen 65 years ago and instead of… Read more »

Very interesting response from Duterte:

Mic L

Benign0, I’ve been reading your stuff since I was 16. What’s all this attention on Duterte? meanwhile Grace Poe has been talking about charter change, getting rid of the 60/40 restriction, lowering personal and corporate taxes significantly, basically all the stuff I remember reading from this site (and the antipinoy site) such a long time ago.

I made a video called “Learn to Love Grace Poe in 9 minutes or less.” Tell me what you think. 🙂 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ws-noksmOI

I sympathize with the family of Miss Hamil. She was doing good and noble works in Prison, It was unfortunate, that those Prisoners, whom she ministered returned the good favor , she had done by raping and murdering her. Mayor Duterte, was insensitive on his joke on this tragic incident. Although, I agree on his decision to execute the Prisoner, who committed the crime. Duterte’s comment, that he would had raped Miss Hamil first, is an uncalled for comment. It was in bad taste and very insensitive. Those crowds who applauded are very sick people. Prison ministry is a very… Read more »
Virtual Vigilante
And to think I considered voting for Duterte before he started to reveal his true nature to the public. There are many reasons Duterte should not even be in the running for the President of the Philippines but the one above takes the cake. It’s crass, beneath low class . . . hayop talaga! The old and worn-out excuse that Duterte is the “raw candidate of the masses” just doesn’t cut it. In the course of the past two months of scrutiny, Duterte shouts-out all the telltale signs of a disastrous presidency. In spite of this, he appears to be… Read more »
Jim DiGriz

Judging by the last two responses no one even cared to watch the video posted above, because if you would have you’d talking about the joke. There was no joke!

Vagoneto Rieles
In watching the videos of his speech and his explanation/rationalization thereof, one couldn’t miss the Mayor’s brand… pugnacious, brash and insolent all at once. In his usual breezy, if halting manner, he was unapologetic in his apology; ie, apologizing to the Filipino people but not to ‘Gabriella’, ( hard to comprehend that one). My ‘take-away’ from all this is that Mayor Duterte is a dangerous man; and not because he admits to killing people either. He is dangerous because he conveniently makes his own rules as he goes; and, simply and brazenly justifies his actions after the fact.  It is… Read more »

The fact that rape jokes or threats are a thing says a lot about how rape isn’t a lapse in self-control but often a tool to punish & control others.

Andres Boni

it was a rescue operation my God, and you think raping her was first in is his mind? they were informed that hostages were raped and killed so they started the assault. it was a burst of anger narrated in tagalog.. of all people, those who always go to church were the first one to denounce him. well, i pray he wins, so that you’ll get a dose of him. so you’ll know him well.