Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is at it again. And he’s reaching for new lows.
The arguably psychotic president is best known for unleashing a violent drug war in his nation. One that has claimed the lives of thousands of drug users, alongside hundreds of innocent civilians, including women and children.
But Duterte is not one for apologies.
Following his latest rants, human rights groups have slammed Duterte for encouraging violence against women when he said soldiers should shoot female rebels in their genitals.
Duterte made the remarks last Wednesday during a meeting with more than 200 former communist rebels who have surrendered, including 48 women.
In his speech, Duterte talked about female fighters and said that soldiers should ‘shoot their vaginas’ because ‘without that, they are useless.’
Representative Emmi De Jesus of the Gabriela Women’s Party said the remarks only confirm that Duterte is ‘the most dangerous macho-fascist in the government right now.’
‘He is dangerously pushing the fascist armed forces of the Philippines to commit more bloody human rights violations and grave abuses of international humanitarian law…
‘He has further presented himself as the epitome of misogyny and fascism terribly rolled into one’.
New York-based Human Rights Watch noted it was not the first time that Duterte has made ‘misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements’ about women.
‘It encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict, which is a violation of international humanitarian law,’ it said.
Last month, Duterte came under fire for saying he would offer 42 virgins to attract tourists to visit the country.
In May last year, he told soldiers he would protect them against criminal charges even if they raped three women while implementing martial law in the southern region of Mindanao.
The Australian Tribune with DPA