Three of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s rivals for the presidency wasted no time to condemn him over a viral video where he made a joke about having sex with Jacqueline Hamill, an Australian lay minister who’s been raped and murdered in 1989.
Vice President Jejomar Binay minced no words in describing Duterte as a “crazy maniac” who is unfit for the presidency. “Hindi nakakatawa ang rape at murder ng isang babae. Mister Duterte, wala ka bang ina? Wala ka bang anak na babae? (The rape and murder of a woman is not a laughing matter. Mr. duterte, don’t you have a wife? Don’t you have a daughter?) Your statement is simply revolting. Nothing can justify such callous remarks,” Binay also said.
For her part, Senator Grace Poe also criticized Duterte without mentioning him by name. “As a woman, I take offense at the statement made by another Presidential candidate about rape. It is distasteful and unacceptable, and reflects the candidate’s disrespect for women. No human being deserves to be raped and abused,” she said.
“While some may seem impressed with the nonchalance and tough talking stance as portrayed by the candidate himself, he should be reminded that at all times, women, men and the LGBT alike should be treated with dignity and respect. Join me in my stand against abuse,” she added. Duterte has overtaken Poe as the presidential front runner based on recent pre-election surveys.
Former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas also strongly denounced Duterte. “Anyone who laughs at the ultimate assault on the dignity of women should not be allowed to wield power,” he wrote, adding that rape is a serious problem and that women should not be treated like toys.