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Risa Hontiveros slams Duterte’s Miss Universe rape joke

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Just like his previous offensive remarks, Senator Risa Hontiveros does not find President Duterte’s latest rape joke funny.

“You can’t mess even w/ Miss Universe when it comes to rape. You don’t have balls when you rape somebody. You have a cowardly hatred of women,” Hontiveros tweeted.

Hontiveros said Duterte’s first year in office was a “dangerous year to be a woman.”

The President, speaking to Filipino-American tourists in Davao City last Friday, said while he denounces rape of a young child, he would congratulate a man who will rape a Miss Universe beauty even knowing he would be killed.

“You can mess with, maybe a Miss Universe. Maybe I will even congratulate you for having the balls to rape somebody when you know you are going to die,” the former Davao City mayor said.

It was not the first time Duterte made a joke about rape.

A few weeks ago, he offered to take responsibility if any soldier rapes three women during martial law in Mindanao. Duterte’s remark drew outrage from human rights advocates including Chelsea Clinton, daughter of former US president Bill Clinton and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Duterte also drew criticism during the presidential campaign last year when he suggested he should have been the first in line to rape an Australian missionary during a prison riot in 1989. Duterte apologized for the comment, saying he did not mean to disrespect women.