In a recently released video, mayor Duterte commented on the rape and murder of an Australian lay minister. The following is a transcript of his statements.
“Ni-rape nila lahat ng babae…So ang unang casualty, ang isa dun yung lay minister na Australyana.
Tsk, problema ito. Australyana eh!
Pag labas, binalot. Tiningnan ko yung mukha. Putangina, parang artista sa Amerika na maganda.
Putangina, sayang ito!
Ang pumasok sa isip ko…ni rape nila! Pinag pilahan nila! Putanginang yan, nagalit na ako. Kasi ni rape? Ah, oo. Isa na rin yun. Napakaganda, dapat mayor ang mauna.”
Rape is neither a trifling nor a laughing matter. Rape is a despicable crime that should be condemned – not discussed in jest. It is deplorable that the crowd erupted in raucous laughter after the rape ‘joke’.
It is also important to point out that the mayor (jokingly) implied that the value of the life of a woman is indexed to her perceived attractiveness. His words could be construed by some to mean that the murder and rape would be less tragic, less deplorable, the victim was not attractive. This is misogyny, plain and simple. Misogyny, in any and all of its forms, must be condemned. Misogyny must end.
The mayor should apologize. He must acknowledge his mistake. He should demonstrate that he is capable of recognizing and correcting his mistakes. His work in advancing the rights of women do not constitute a sufficient defense for his statements. He must recognize that his words will have a tremendous impact on the views of people – this includes the views of people on women.
His supporters, in turn, should remember not to put him on a pedestal. He must not be placed beyond reproach. Our leaders must recognize that they too can make mistakes – and, more importantly, must own up to their mistakes.
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