Malacañang has downplayed the rape joke made by President Rodrigo Duterte in his speech to troopers in Iligan City, saying it’s simply part of “exaggerratedly describing crimes” like taking a fourth spouse.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Saturday (May 27) mentioned Duterte made it clear in his speech earlier than the members of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade of the Philippine Army that he would stand by troopers.

“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,” he mentioned in a press release.

Abella mentioned Duterte is “decisively acting” and “speaking with heightened bravado” that regulation and order might be restored quickly in Marawi City, the place authorities troops are engaged in a gunfight with the terrorist Maute group.

Duterte drew flak for saying he’ll assume accountability for troopers who will rape ladies.

“Ako na ang magpakulong sa inyo. Pag naka-rape ka ng tatlo, aminin ko na akin ‘yun,” he mentioned.

Ironically, nonetheless, Duterte appeared to frown upon the thought of troopers taking a number of wives.

“Pag nag-asawa ka ng pang-apat, t*** i** bugbugin ka ng–,” he mentioned.

Duterte beforehand landed in sizzling water for joking concerning the rape and killing of an Australian missionary in the course of the marketing campaign season for the 2016 elections.