Mayor Duterte has a lot of explaining to do.
Numerous celebrities and figures have condemned PDP-Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte over his jokes concerning an incident in the 1980s where a young Australian missionary was raped and killed mercilessly. His joke, which made rounds on the internet, have caused his followers to defend him staunchly, and more people to condemn his jokes, especially on the rape. Here are some of the statements of celebrities:
Musician Noel Cabangon also took to Facebook to voice his disappointment over Duterte's statement.
Gab Valenciano, a multimedia artist and the son of Gary Valenciano and Angeli Pangilinan-Valenciano, took to Facebook to express his opinion over the matter.
Leah Navarro, a supporter of Mar Roxas and the Liberal Party meanwhile said: "Duterte reaps international condemnation as news of his rape joke spreads. He deserves it because #RapeIsNotAJoke."
Chito Miranda, who has previously voiced support for Duterte, tweeted that he was not happy about what Duterte said. In his tweets which have since been deleted, Chito said: "One should never joke about rape. I was deeply offended and disappointed. I really hope he cleans up his act, for the sake of the country." Chito also pointed out that Ramon Bautista's previous "hipon" joke, deemed offensive due to its derogatory nature about women's looks, was not taken lightly by Duterte himself.
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