A video showing Davao City mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte making a rape joke has been gaining popularity on social media.
In the one-minute video, Duterte can be heard recounting an encounter with an Australian gang rape victim who’s under the custody of the city police. The tough-talking mayor then praised the lady’s looks. “Tang ina! Parang artista sa Amerika na maganda,” he said. He then quipped that while he is mad that the rape took place, he is more disappointed by the fact that he did not “get there” first.
“Putang ina! Sayang! Ang napasok sa isip ko, ni-rape nila! Pinagpilahan nila ito,” he said before adding “Nagalit ako kasi ni-rape. Oo, isa rin yun. Pero napakaganda, dapat yung mayor muna ang mauna!” after which the crowd erupted in laughter. The date and location of the campaign sortie where Duterte made the rape joke was not disclosed by the uploader.
The video was uploaded Saturday night by YouTube user “Beatboxer ng Pilipinas.” Curiously, the said user has no other video uploads so far.
Duterte has long cultivated a national reputation for his tough approach to criminality and for engaging in crude remarks against rice smugglers, drug pushers, local terrorists, child rapists, and even Pope Francis. The public never seemed to mind, as shown by his recent surge as the new front runner in the presidential race according to several pre-election polls.
Other candidates have also stepped up their attacks on Duterte’s record. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, for example, questioned the Mayor’s claim that he made Davao City one of the safest places in the world during last week’s Vice Presidential debate. Meanwhile, Vice President Jejomar Binay recorded a web video where he denounced Duterte’s human rights record, particularly his involvement in extrajudicial killings.