Rodrigo Duterte will not apologize for the rape joke he made in a campaign rally last April 12.
He blamed his "gutter language" from childhood in response to the huge amount of backlash received on social media.
He was responding to public outrage over a "joke" he made during his campaign rally in Amoranto Stadium on April 12 in which he said the Australian woman was so beautiful, it was too bad he didn't get to her first.
In a video posted on Sunday, April 17, Duterte can be seen seated in front of his house in Davao City surrounded by journalists.
"In my utter anger – gutter language 'yan eh, salitang kanto – nung binuksan ko, 'O eto,' galit ako nun nagsasalita. 'Ang ganda-ganda pa mukhang artistang galing America. Putang ina, naunahan pa ako, Patayin mo lahat,'" he said, recounting the incident.
(In my utter anger – that's gutter language, street talk, when I opened it [the sheets that covered the corpse], 'here,' I was angry when I was speaking. She's really pretty and looks like an American actress. Son of a bitch, they beat me to her. Kill them all.)
He said he would not apologize for merely recounting the words he uttered at the time, supposedly his way of expressing anger at the hostage-taking.
"I am willing to lose the presidency. Do not make me apologize for something which I did
"I’m sorry if it came out this way,
(I'm sorry if it came out this way, that's the truth... That's how I speak, I come from below. I'm not the son of someone rich.)
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