Rodrigo Duterte sure knows how to attract criticisms from supporters and haters alike, but his recent flop comes from a sickening rape joke.
Duterte, a lawyer and politician who served seven terms as the mayor of Davao city in the Philippines, declared martial law in the southern part of his country earlier this week. He was re-elected for his bold stance in the fight against crime.
His reason for a military action was inspired by an alleged political uprising in his country while he was on a visit to Russia.
Duterte returned from Moscow and imposed a 60-day martial law to curtail Muslim extremists who are believed to have support from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria [ISIS].
The militants, or jihadists as a general term, had earlier on disrupted smooth governance in one of the country’s southern cities.
Media reports confirm the martial rule took effect Tuesday evening in the southern region of Mindanao.
The existence of rebellion and anarchy was cited as “lawful grounds” for military extremism.
Although the president says his declaration will ensure that government forces can carry our searches, conduct arrests as well as detain rebels without having to observe administrative bottlenecks, police and military raids against Muslim extremists are expected in the southern provinces.
However, Ano Said Hapilon, who was confirmed wounded during January’s military airstrikes, told the Associated Press that about 50 armed militants entered the city after his men were overpowered.
“They did some burnings, they showed up in another area so it looked chaotic, but it’s actually a small group facing an overwhelming number of government forces,” Ano explained. He was part of president Duterte’s envoy as the daring leader toured Russia.
“We will conduct house-to-house clearing and do everything to remove the threat there. We can do that easily,” Ano said in a statement, adding that it won’t be a smooth sail considering the need to avoid civilian casualties.
Although the government says it has control over Marawi city and other security trouble spots in the south, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said troops raided the hideout of a top terrorist suspect in southern Marawi city on Tuesday, sparking a gun battle that prompted the militants to call for reinforcements from an allied group, the Maute.
A large number of armed men took over the city hall, a jail, a catholic church and a hospital.
At least two soldiers and a police officer were killed in the onslaught while over a dozen sustained injuries in the bold attack.
Amid the bloodshed and a stricter measure being enforced against the rebels, Duterte finds it OK to joke about raping women.
In a bid to reassure his team of soldiers who may be accused of human rights abuses under martial law, the president said in a statement that he’d take the responsibility if one of them were to rape three women.
Mr. President is known for making some offensive comments and, most times, using foul language while addressing his subjects — no matter the audience in question.
Critics are calling for closer inspection on the soldiers, adding that Duterte should be held responsible for any abuses on Mindanao island.
“If you go down, I go down. But for this martial law and the consequences of martial law and the ramifications of martial law, I and I alone would be responsible, just do your job, I will take care of the rest,” Duterte said on Friday, according to a president’s office transcript.
“I’ll imprison you myself,” he said.
In his reference to some soldiers who may violate their commands, the controversial president said, “If you had raped three, I will admit it, that’s on me.”
Duterte will go down in history as the most controversial president that ever lived.
It’ll be remembered that he once cracked a rape joke during his campaigns in 2016, when he made reference to an Australian missionary worker who was killed during a prison riot in 1989 and a very lanumber of sex-starved inmates took turns on her.
Gross! Isn’t it?
The president who was at that time, the mayor of Davao city where the crime occurred, said the murder victim was very beautiful. Acceptable. He admired a pretty women even in death.
However, he went over the edge for arguing that since he was the city’s mayor, the president should have been allowed to “f***k the beautiful Aussie’s pie.”
Duterte later apologized, saying his joke wasn’t intended to disrespect women and rape victims or incite violence against the gender.
People love the no-nonsense leader for his courage and “lack of respect.”
The 72-year-old president said he’s love to join the army but has regrets for his arthritis.
“My order to the troops is all people who are not authorized by government to carry arms and they resist, kill them, wipe them out,” he told his dependable soldiers who are now qualified to rape — one to three, or three to one, whichever comes first.