Gabriela party list Representatives Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas have said Friday that President Rodrigo Duterte's last rape joke & # 39; yet another very dangerous and distorted message & # 39; transferred.
Mr. Duterte told his audience in Mandaue City Thursday night that rape cases were high in Davao City because his hometown had many beautiful women.
"We strongly condemn this latest flamboyant expression of hatred of women, which puts more women at risk of being raped," the legislators said in a joint statement.
But Malacañang called on the public not to take the president's jokes seriously, in the midst of the opposition to his remark.
"I do not think we should add too much weight to what the president says as a joke," said President Roald Harry Roque in a press conference.
Supporting for women
He said that Mr Duterte supported women, referring to the recent appointment of Teresita Leonardo-de Castro as the Supreme Court of the Supreme Court.
The people in the south, Roque, said, "Do not take things as seriously as people in Luzon."
"Some may not approve of it, but I can tell you this: there is a difference between the sense of humor in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao," he said.
Mr. Duterte, he said, is "mature enough" to know the limits of his strange humor.
The Jesus and Brosas said that the president "Davao's pride and hatred of women" is to obscure the fact that women in their hometown experienced the largest number of rape cases in the country.
They regretted that sexual crimes such as rape were still being committed against Filipino women "because of the rapist mentality committed by no less than the president."
"This latest theatrical confirms only one thing: President Duterte is proud to have reversed all the profits and legal mechanisms that have been set for women's rights in Davao City," they said.
Act Teachers Rep. Antonio Tinio said that Mr Duterte's joke was intended to blame rape victims while escaping accountability for the authorities' failure to protect women in the city.
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