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Maling mali: Even Duterte’s hardcore supporters don’t find his rape joke funny

May 28, 2017 @ 11:57

President Rodrigo Duterte’s supporters may be impassioned in defending him almost all of the time, but they can also point out whenever he did something wrong or crossed the line with his remarks.

At least four of Duterte’s most popular supporters on Facebook have called him out for his latest rape joke, which was made following the declaration of martial law in Mindanao.

De La Salle University professor Antonio Contreras said in a Facebook post: “Mr. President I support you. But please Sir, can you stop making rape jokes. They do not add up anything to your message.”

Blogger RJ Nieto, also known as Thinking Pinoy, echoed the same sentiment in a separate Facebook post. He also urged Duterte to clarify his statement or take it back altogether.

Sass Sasot, another pro-Duterte blogger based in The Netherlands, called Duterte’s rape joke “unnecessary, inappropriate, and sends the wrong message.”

Krizette Laureta Chu, who counts over 87,000 followers on Facebook, also urged Duterte to stop with the rape jokes, saying it is “offensive” and “inexcusable.”

Speaking before members of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade of the Philippine Army in Iligan City Friday *May 27), Duterte assured soldiers he will take responsibility for their actions.

“Ako na ang magpakulong sa inyo. Pag naka-rape ka ng tatlo, aminin ko na akin ‘yun,” he said.

Duterte previously landed in hot water when he joked about the rape and killing of an Australian missionary during the campaign period for the 2016 elections.

Malacañang has downplayed the President’s joke by saying he was just speaking with “heightened bravado” and “exaggeratedly describing crimes” to rally the morale of the troops who are fighting the terrorist Maute group in Marawi City.

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