Philippines' Duterte tells soldiers to shoot female rebels' genitals

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His comments were met with laughter from the crowd and Duterte's spokesman, Harry Roque, last week accused women of "overreacting" to the president's "jokes".

"Tell the soldiers. There's a new order coming from the mayor", The Independent quoted Duterte as saying.

New York-based Human Rights Watch noted it was not the first time that Duterte has made "misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements" about women.

In a speech to over 200 former communist soldiers in Malacañang last week, the Philippines president gave a directive of what to do with female guerrilla fighters. We won't kill you. The anger against the President of Philippine came in after President Duterte, directed his soldiers to target women rebels by shooting them in the vagina.

The official transcript from the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) censored the words used by Duterte in his speech, where he used the Visayan word for vagina.

He added that women would be "useless" without their genitals.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte encouraged state forces to commit sexually violent acts against women rebels in a speech last week.

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"He is pushing the fascist AFP to commit more bloody human rights violations and grave abuses of worldwide humanitarian law, and takes state terrorism against women and the people to a whole new level".

President Rodrigo Duterte has no plans to cease the government's war on drugs even with the International Criminal Court's (ICC) impending preliminary investigation against him.

He also said Duterte's concern for women was evident in his repatriation of Filipino workers from Kuwait.

"He has further presented himself as the epitome of misogyny and fascism terribly rolled [into] one".

Gabriela Women's Party, a feminist group, condemned Duterte as a "macho-fascist" and said his remark "takes state terrorism against women and the people to a whole new level".

Duterte is a controversial leader, having made misogynist claims in the past. While speaking about the 1989 prison riot in which an Australian missionary was killed, and inmates had lined up to rape her, Duterte cracked a filthy joke saying that he wished he had the opportunity to rape her himself.

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