In a viral video, the tough-talking candidate cracked a joke too near the bone while talking about the Australian lay missionary who was raped and killed during the 1989 Davao hostage crisis. Netizens, including his political rivals, immediately condemned him and his tasteless remark.
In his defense, Duterte told reporters that it was only "gutter language" and admitted that he blurted out the controversial quote, though solely in the context of a "narrative."
He said that the statement "Dapat, ang mayor muna ang mauna" indeed slipped out of his mouth, however, it was "in utter anger" towards the hostage-takers, led by a certain Felipe Pugoy, an inmate at the Davao Penal Colony.
A random Google search of the name led us to several news items regarding the horrific incident (wherein 20 were killed, including five hostages) and oddly enough, a trailer for what seems to be Pugoy's biopic on YouTube. The full movie is nowhere to be found, but somebody in the comments section assumed that the role of Duterte was played by actor Lito Legaspi.
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