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National Youth Commission chairman and actress Aiza Seguerra spoke out on the recent remarks made by President Rodrigo Duterte on rape.
In a Facebook post on Saturday, Seguerra pleaded to Duterte to stop making rape jokes.
“Presidente, tama na po ang rape jokes please,” Seguerra wrote.
The actress reacted after Duterte’s speech on Friday for troops in Iligan City, where he assured soldiers of his full support following his declaration of martial law in Mindanao.
“Pag naka-rape ka ng tatlo, aminin ko na akin iyon (If you rape three, I will admit I did it),” he said, drawing condemnation from women’s rights group Gabriela and senators Risa Hontiveros and Francis Pangilinan.
Malacañang Palace on Saturday defended Duterte, saying he was “decisively acting”.
“[Duterte was] speaking with heightened bravado, that law and order would be brought back in these areas of rebellion in the soonest time possible and that normalcy would likewise be restored with minimal loss of lives,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in a statement.
“In Iligan, he gave his full support to the men and women in uniform, taking complete responsibility for their actions, even exaggeratedly describing crimes like taking a fourth wife,” Abella said.
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