Gang Rape Victim ‘So Beautiful’ He Wishes He Had ‘Been First,’ Says Philippine Presidential Front-Runner [Video]

Ayush Adhikari

There are some jokes people would be embarrassed enough to share with their family members and even with their spouses. The joke made by Philippine presidential contender Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte was of that category, except he made the cruel joke in public and in front of the media.

"I was angry because she was raped, that's one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste."

"All the women were raped so during the first assault, because they retreated, the bodies they used as a cover, one of them was the corpse of the Australian woman layminister. Tsk, this is a problem. When the bodies were brought out, they were wrapped. I looked at her face, son of a b***h, she looks like a beautiful American actress. Son of a b***h, what a waste. What came to mind was, they raped her, they lined up. I was angry because she was raped, that's one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste."
"While commentators have started referring to him as another Donald Trump, this guy makes Mr. Trump look like Mr. Rogers. Among the previous nicknames for Duterte are 'the punisher' and 'Duterte Harry,' after the Clint Eastwood character Dirty Harry, says Travis M Andrews of The Washington Post."

According to Rappler, the incident Duterte was referring to seems to be the 1989 hostage-taking by Felipe Pugoy, an inmate of the Davao City Police Office. Pugoy had taken hostage of missionaries who had visited the DCPO to preach.

One of the missionaries was an Australian woman named Jacqueline Hamill.

According to an August 16, 1989, story in the Chicago Tribune, Hamill and four other hostages were among the 20 people killed in the hostage drama in Davao City. The Chicago Tribune story reported that Hamill was "raped and had her throat slashed" by a gang inside the jail during the hostage taking.

Rappler also reported that the complete video of Duterte's speech was first posted on the Facebook page of CinEmotion Digital Films. The video has been taken down as of 11 a.m. Sunday.

He made the controversial statement in his speech live in Quezon city. In the full-length video on YouTube, Duterte's joke about the Australian woman starts at 1:17:05. Just before the infamous joke, he tells the audience about how the hostage-taking incident started. Just after the joke, he shares the details about how he had the hostage-takers buried to the audience.

Duterte has been receiving a harsh response for his comments.

Sen. Grace Poe, another candidate quoted by CNN Philippines, said, "It is distasteful and unacceptable, and reflects his disrespect for women. No one, whoever she is and whatever her looks may be, deserves to be raped and abused. Rape is a crime and no laughing matter. We should all be outraged at abuses against women."

Philippine Vice President Jejomar Binay took to Twitter and expressed his severe discontent with Duterte.

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