A colleague of Jacqueline Hamill, the Australian missionary who was raped and murdered during the 1989 Davao hostage crisis, which Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte recently made a "joke" about, has broken her silence on the ongoing issue.
In a post on her Facebook account, Robin Haines Merrill lamented how Duterte made rape a trivial matter. She also asked the Filipino public not to vote for people "who speak vile things against women."
A video went viral over the weekend where Duterte was seen making a "joke" on how beautiful the victim was, implying that he should've been the first to have sex with her.
In a media conference, Duterte admitted saying the controversial remark but said he did not mean it as a joke but rather as part of his narrative.
He also refused to apologize, explaining that he expressed what he felt and simply talks that way.
"Totoo yun. Sinabi ko yun. Gutter language. But it was expressed in utter anger... Do not make me apologize for something which I did na talagang was called for at that moment," he said.