Duterte slammed over threat to shoot female rebels in the genitals

Erika Holt
March 15, 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte violated global humanitarian law when he encouraged state forces to shoot female rebels in the vagina if they encounter them in the field, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said.

"Tell the soldiers, there's a new order coming from Mayor".

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte last week directed his soldiers to specifically target women rebel fighters by shooting them in the vagina, according to local reports. "If there is no vagina, it would be useless".

The official transcript from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) censored the words used by Duterte in his speech, where he used the Visayan word for vagina. However, the remarks were recorded as having drawn laughter from the audience.

The group added that the leader's comments encourage the culture of "treating women as sexual objects devoid of dignity and human rights".

The Human Rights Watch said, "It encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict, which is a violation of global humanitarian law".

The statement may encourage sexual violence and war crimes, the groups said.

Gabriela Women's Party, meanwhile, said Duterte's statement takes state terrorism against women and the people to a whole new level.

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She described the president as the "most risky macho-fascist in the government right now", adding: "He has further presented himself as the epitome of misogyny and fascism rolled in one".

Duterte has made headlines for "joking" about the rape of a kidnapped Australian, lamenting he hadn't been first, and for telling troops to rape women in conflict.

"Was I mad because of the rape? But she was so attractive, the mayor should have been first".

Previously, Duterte has made rape jokes about Miss Universe and told his soldiers they had permission to rape up to three women during a conflict without facing punishment.

Duterte is now under investigation by the International Criminal Court for his "war on drugs" which has seen almost 4,000 people killed in vigilante-style executions since he came to power in June 2016. But the President said he did not mind being indicted and imprisoned by the International Criminal Court as long as it allows conjugal visits by more than one woman.

Following the derogatory remarks by Rodrigo Duterte, a Human Rights Watch based in NY noted that this was not the first time that the Philippine President made such demeaning remarks against the women.

"You know, sometimes, these feminists are really a bit OA (overacting)", said Roque.

"I mean, that's amusing".

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