Human rights groups say the Philippine president's recent remarks about troops shooting communist rebels in the vagina to render them "useless" can encourage sexual violence and war crimes, which violate international humanitarian law.
During a speech last week to over 200 former communist rebel soldiers, Philippine President Rodrigo Dutertewas recalled an order he said he had given to troops when he was mayor of Davao City.
“Tell the soldiers. ‘There’s a new order coming from mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina.”
Joms Salvador, General Secretary of the women's group Gabriela, told AP on Tuesday his words were "dangerous and potentially inviting numerous other human rights violations."
Meanwhile, the left-wing group Karapatan said on Tuesday that President Rodrigo Duterte "has distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist, who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law."
Human Rights Watch said Duterte's remark, uttered last week before supposedly surrendered communist rebels, is the latest of Duterte's "series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women" that encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict.
The foul-mouthed president acknowledges that he has a "bad mouth" and that he's not a statesman but says "the problem here is that I won."