Commission on Elections (COMELEC) commissioner did not sit well with embattled PDP-Laban standard bearer's remark about the rape case an Australian lay missionary in 1989.
"That's 27.9 million women voters who CAN be raped," the commissioner wrote.
COMELEC Commissioner Rowena Guanzon, chairperson of the poll body's Gender and Development Committee, said of the 54.3 registered voters for May 9, 27,896,668 are women.
"And Rodrigo Duterte, a presidential candidate, makes a disgusting 'joke' about it, talking about rape and murder victim Jacqueline Hamill, an Australian missionary who was taken hostage in a Davao City prison, as if she was not a human being."
She said it is hightime that a Code of Conduct for candidates be drafted and implemented for the next elections.Prompted by the presidential candidate's remarks, Guanzon said that she will propose Code of Conduct for candidates in the next elections "to emphasize gender sensitivity and gender equality."
A video of Duterte in sortie in Quezon City became viral and resulted to tons of criticism hurled at the leading candidate in the latest survey. He was heard telling his supporters: "P— ina, sayang. Ang napasok sa isip ko, ni-rape nila, pinagpilahan nila lahat doon. Nagalit ako kasi ni-rape? Oo. Isa rin 'yun. Pero napakaganda, dapat mayor muna ang nauna. Sayang.
(Mother***- what a waste. What came to my mind, they raped her, they lined up on her. Was I angry that she was raped? Yes. That's one. But she was beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste.")After a series of confusing statements, the mayor finally confirmed that he had apologized in a statement.
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