While addressing a group of former communist rebels last Wednesday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte, reportedly told his soldiers to shoot female rebels (Feminists) directly in the vagina because without their genitals they are ‘useless.’
Recall that President Duterte once sparked controversy with the rape jokes he made about Miss Universe, telling his soldiers they had permission to rape up to three women during conflict without facing punishment.
Metro UK reported that the President criticized female rebels (Feminists) within the New People’s Army, and told his army to kill anyone in the organisation, male or female.
The Presidential Communications Office included the comment in the official transcript from the event but replaced the word “vagina” with a dash. According to the official transcript from the Wednesday event, the crowd did, in fact, laugh.
‘Tell the soldiers. There’s a new order coming from mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina. If there are no vaginas, it would be useless.“Why would you women join?
Some of you join the movement, even if you have your family. You can’t even return to your families for how many years. Christmas, New Year, your child’s birthday, your birthday. You won’t even show up. .
You gave birth to your children then you leave them behind. We have pills for free. Why would you give birth six, seven times and you’re an NPA? Then you’d go to war, you leave your family behind. I feel pity for the person.”
Duterte’s presidency has been defined by violence — and often violently misogynistic language.
Since he came to power on a promise to kill all the drug users and dealers in the country, thousands of Filipinos have been shot dead, prompting the International Criminal Court to open a preliminary examination.
Duterte regularly denigrates and threatens women, but when challenged, he insists it was all just a joke. Just last week, his spokesman, Harry Roque, accused women of “overreacting” to the president’s comments. “I mean, that’s funny. Come on. Just laugh,” Roque said.