Gabriela Party-List Reps. Emmi de Jesus and Arlene Brosas castigated President Rodrigo Duterte early morning Saturday (May 27) for joking about rape in entrance of presidency troops in Iligan City.
Duterte, who was giving a pep discuss, mentioned he would gladly take the autumn and go to jail for the troopers in case they rape a number of girls.
He made the joke amid the implementation of Martial Law in the whole Mindanao area.
“Rape is not a joke. Martial law and the heightened vulnerability to military abuse that it brings to women and children are not a joke either. President Duterte must be reminded that a rape joke made even as women and children’s lives are in great danger and when liberties and basic rights are being attacked is the height of insensitivity,” the girl politikos mentioned in a press release.
“This attempt to please the military forces using women to feed the macho-fascist mentality of the AFP emboldens military forces to systematically use rape as a tool of war and subject women to further abuse and impunity,” they added.
De Jesus and Brosas are a part of the militant Makabayan bloc, which is opposing the declaration of Martial Law.
“We demand that the President consider first and foremost the interest and protection of women and children from abuse and lift the martial law declaration immediately,” they mentioned.
Duterte positioned Mindanao underneath navy rule on Tuesday following the assault of Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City. #