Philippines presidential candidate doubles down on rape joke

After a growing backlash, Rodrigo Duterte stuck to his comments made during a rally and told reporters ‘that’s how men talk.’

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Such is the lesson that a Philippines presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is learning.

Duterte recently told a story at a campaign rally that involved Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill. The 36-year-old missionary was working in Davao’s prison when an inmate riot broke out. Hamill was taken hostage, raped and killed during the riot.

The story came with a punch line, of sorts—Duterte finished the comment by saying that when he saw Hamill’s face, he thought he “should have been first” to rape her.

A YouTube user later uploaded a video of Duterte’s story, and South China Morning Post reported a translation of Duterte’s remarks:

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