‘I said it in the heat of anger’ PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 April 2016 12:59

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BY Jimmy Cabato

Two issues back with a day or two missing in between, we had said that what’s in store for Davao City Mayor and leading presidential hopeful bears watching in view of his rape joke. For the last three days since that fateful day, the name Duterte was splashed all over media venues worldwide – radio, tv, print and facebook.

And in those days, he appears to have managed to further zoom way ahead of the pack. TMT reports – “AMID continued vilification for his comments on the rape of an Australian missionary, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte got a bit of good news on Tuesday: He maintained his lead over the other presidential aspirants in the latest Pulse Asia survey.

The survey, commissioned by ABS-CBN Corp., was conducted from April 5 to 10, more than a week before Duterte’s controversial rape comments were splashed on media.

The mayor scored 32 percent, seven points higher than Sen. Grace Poe’s 25 percent.

Tied for third place were Vice President Jejomar Binay and former Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd who got 20 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago got one percent.

Pulse Asia interviewed 4,000 registered voters nationwide for the survey, which has a margin error of +/- 1.5 percent.”

Has the rape jest already sunk in people’s mind or was it just brewing to a boil boiling point when the survey was conducted?

The next few days will show the answers, as up to today, he remains the favorite “pulutan” (finger appetizer in drinking sessions.)

And the TMT carried three other reactions to Duterte’s rape comment.

The first, a news item – “THE uproar caused by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte continued to grow as the United States joined Australia in condemning the presidential    candidate for his remarks that “trivialized” the rape and killing of a missionary in 1998.

US Ambassador Philip Goldberg echoed the statement issued by Australian Ambassador Amanda Gorely, who criticized Duterte for saying that he should have been the first to rape Jacqueline Hamill, an Australian missionary who worked in Davao City.

“What a pity. What came to my mind was, ‘They raped her, lined up for her.’ I was mad because she was raped? Yes. That’s one reason. But she was so beautiful. The mayor should have been first,” Duterte had said in Tagalog.

“Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialized. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere,” Gorely posted on her Twitter account on Monday.”

Ex-Sen. Kit Tatad -  “Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte was riding high on his seemingly unstoppable popularity bandwagon when, without any warning or premonition, he suddenly went careening downhill, and his entire world seemed to tumble upside down. The slip looked like no more than a “banana peel,” but it seemed a perfect demonstration of Murphy’s law, “if anything can go wrong, it will.” Its conse¬quences seemed global. Observers are still waiting to see what Duterte will do to recover from this fall.

A video clip of Duterte’s April 12 speech at the Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City showed him talking about a 36-year-old Australian lay missionary who was gang-raped and killed by inmates inside the Davao prison in 1989 before the police swooped in. He said the victim was as beautiful as an “American movie star,” and it angered him that she had been gang raped, but he said “the mayor (meaning himself) should have been the first (to violate her).”

The video has gone viral worldwide. It has been watched by multitudes n Australia, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Spain, France, and other countries in Western Europe. In the United States, the Filipino-American community has had a field day discussing it. The Washington Post headline said, “Leading Philippine presidential contender—Gang Rape victim ‘so beautiful’ he wishes he had been first.”

At home, various websites have pilloried Duterte; no less than the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas, after watching the video, tweeted: “Judge for yourself if this is the right choice. I will keep my personal judgment to myself. This video can help.”

Rigoberto Tiglao - Did he make things up to justify his necrophiliac joke?

Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte hasn’t at all apologized for his horrific rape comment, the latest version of which he said in his April 7 interview: After he saw the corpse of Australian Jacqueline Hamill, raped several times and her throat slit, he raged: “Put_ng_na ang mga ito. Naunahan pa ang mayor. P_k_ng-ina nila.

Patayin ninyo lahat.”

He justified it though by claiming “there was a story to it,” and said that he cannot apologize for it: “I said it in the heat of anger.”

Assuming this happened (which I show below didn’t happen) i.e., he saw Hamill’s body and then blew his top , it is not what he said in that incident that happened 27 years ago but how he turned it into a sick joke in two occasions this year which has horrified Filipinos and the world.

He most probably said that joke — “naunahan pa ako [they even had her first]” several times in his kingdom of Davao City, thinking in his depraved mind that it was funny, and demonstrated his machismo. (“Ganyan magsalita ang lalaki,” (That’s how men talk)  he said in his long April 7 interview.)

Again, whatever is in store for the foul mouth of a presidential hopeful remains to be seen in the next few days.