"JUST because we are all beautiful people, it is no excuse to rape and harm others."
Cebu, Archbishop Jose Palma, reprimanded President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday and said that the beauty of women should never be used as a reason to commit rape, even as a joke.
"We thank God that we are all beautiful and beautiful, as children of the Lord, but it is not an excuse to rape, and my point is that rape should not be our reaction to beautiful people," Palma said in an interview on Saturday after he had celebrated Mass in the archiepiscopal sanctuary of St. Pedro Calungsod in Cebu City.
Palma said that rape is a serious sin and should be despised by everyone, and urged the public to live a decent life as far as possible.
"(Rape) is a complex situation, we must respect each other, we know that there are other factors (influencing it), but we will try to live in a way that people look at us as decent people," he explained.
During his visit to Mandaue City last Thursday (August 30), President Duterte said with jest that Davao City in 2018 had the largest number of rape because & # 39; there are many beautiful women & # 39; in his hometown.
The president's remark, which earned the rage of lawmakers and women's groups, came after data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed that Davao City had the largest number of rape cases in the Philippines in the second quarter of 2018.
This is not the first time that Duterte, a self-proclaimed "womanizer", criticized his remarks about rape.
The presidential spokesman Harry Roque later said that the remarks of the country's chief government official should not be taken seriously.
"I do not think we should give too much weight to what the president says as a joke," Roque said.
Very disturbing joke
Several senators also found the recent rape of the president unacceptable.
Senator Risa Hontiveros, a staunch supporter of women's rights, said the president's joke was not funny at all.
In fact, she said, it was "very disturbing" to see a president who jokes about rape, which she said is the "meanest form of violence against women".
"Rape is not a measure of beauty, it is not an admiration … I ask President Rodrigo Duterte: Is this how men admire women?" Said the senator.
Senator Panfilo Lacson, on the other hand, said it was tiring to comment on President Duterte's jokes. He added that he sometimes refused to comment to the media about the president's playful claims, since his answer would be the same.
"& # 39; Di ba nakakapagod" yung pabalik-balik ka na, & # 39; yun din naman ang pinag-uusapan [Is it not tiring when you always go back and forth but the topic is always the same]? "He said about the Duterte jokes.
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