Shoot women rebels in vagina, Duterte orders Philippines troops

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte last week told soldiers under his command that when engaging with rebel women, they should shoot them in the vagina.

"Tell the soldiers, 'There's a new order coming from Mayor". In the speech, the President said, "Soldiers should shoot women rebels in their vaginas because, without their vagina, they are totally useless". "It's true. They say that I'm not a statesman, not fit for a president, and that's true", Mr Duterte said in a speech, referring to his critics.

However, this is not first time he has draw flak for his misogynistic remarks.

US-based group Human Rights Watch said the remark was the latest in a "series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women" that encourage state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflicts.

He seemed to encourage the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to target women during conflict.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the country's soldiers to target female rebels in combat by shooting them in the genitals, drawing condemnation as his government faces a possible worldwide investigation over alleged extrajudicial killings.

Emmi de Jesus, a Congress member representing the Gabriela Women's Party, denounced Duterte's "nasty remark", saying it contributes to the culture of "impunity" in the country.

Duterte, who took over in 2006, has a history of controversial remarks, including calling Barack Obama "son of a wh*re". During his election campaign in 2016, speaking about the 1989 prison riot in which an Australian missionary was killed, and inmates had lined up to rape her, Duterte joked he wished he had the opportunity to rape her himself.

"I was angry she was raped, yes that was one thing". That's one thing. But she was so lovely. "What a waste", he said. Also, President Duterte had encouraged his soldiers by stating that he would protect them from criminal cases if they rape three women while implementing martial law in the southern region of Mindanao.

Duterte has also mocked the International Criminal Court for beginning a preliminary investigation into whether the drugs killings amount to crimes against humanity.

He added that women would be "useless" without their genitals. "Come on. Just laugh", said presidential spokesperson Harry Roque in a video posted to social media.

"You know, sometimes, these feminists are really a bit (over-reacting)".

  • Joey Payne