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Bad timing: Here’s why Duterte was furious at US, Aussie envoys’ comments on his rape joke

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President Rodrigo Duterte has admitted to being angered by the comments made by United States Ambassador to the Philippines Philip Goldberg and Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely about the rape joke he uttered during the campaign period for the May 2016 elections.

Duterte said he felt that Goldberg and Gorely’s comments on the issue was negative for his candidacy.

“I was just narrating a fact and itong media – alam mo how they spin and weave a tale, tanong sila doon sa ambassador na babae sa Australia, nagtanong diyan kay Goldberg, and they uttered something na masama para sa kandidatura ko,” he said in his speech during the presentation ceremonies for the 2016 Metrobank Foundation Outstanding Filipinos Monday (Sept. 12).

“So it was awfully wrong for them to state something during an election. Kaya ako nagalit. Huwag mo… Okay man… Not during an election because it could affect the results. Doon ako nagalit,” Duterte added.

During the campaign season, Gorely took to Twitter to condemn the trivialization of rape and murder. She made the remark in light of Duterte’s comment in a campaign speech about the gruesome abuse and killing of Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill, in 1989.

In his speech, Duterte said Hamill was as beautiful as a Hollywood actress that he was angered thinking about her gang rape.

Gorely’s comment was seconded by Goldberg.

Angered by their remarks, Duterte told the US and Australia to stay out of domestic matters.