Duterte cracks rape jokes as he pardons PMA cadets

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte again cracked rape jokes as he pardoned all outstanding punishments of Philippine Military Academy (PMA) underclassmen.

During the graduation rites of the PMA Mabalasik Class of 2019 in Baguio City on Sunday, May 26, Duterte signed a pardon for second class, third class, and fourth class cadets.

He then joked that their offenses included rape.

"The number one is for rape. Putang ina. Ang number two is drugs with rape with robbery. Para sa Muntinlupa 'to? Pangatlo, multiple rape of the women of Baguio, the beautiful ones," the President said.

(The number one is for rape. Son of a bitch. Number two is drugs with rape with robbery. Is this for Muntinlupa? Third, multiple rape of the women of Baguio, the beautiful ones.)

Duterte then asked who committed the cases.

"Pirmahan ko na?... Sino ang nagkasala? Taas kamay, hindi ako pipirma nito.... Show to me your face," he said.

(Do I sign this already? Who committed these? Raise your hands or I will not sign this. Show to me your face.)

The President wished the pardoned underclassmen "better luck next time."

Before that, Duterte in his speech reminded the PMA graduates to uphold the values of honor and respect.

Duterte is infamously known for his rape remarks and disregard for women in his speeches. In the past, the President refused to apologize over his remarks and attributed these to thbeauty of women. He also insisted he is protected by the right to free expression.

Malacañang has consistently downplayed the harm in Duterte's jokes about rape, but critics argue that these remarks place more women at risk. (READ: Not just a joke: The social cost of Duterte's rape remarks– Rappler.com

Aika Rey

Aika Rey covers the Philippine Senate for Rappler. Before writing about politicians, she covered budget, labor, and transportation issues.

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