Philippines’ Duterte under fire for second rape joke

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Rodrigo Duterte at a microphone

The president was speaking to soldiers at a military camp

The president of the Philippines has come under fire for joking about rape in a speech to soldiers.

While speaking at a military camp after imposing martial law across the south of the country, he said they were allowed to rape up to three women.

This was the second rape joke Rodrigo Duterte has been condemned for making since announcing his candidacy.

A human rights group said his comment was “sickening” and Chelsea Clinton tweeted that rape was never funny.

Mr Duterte’s words were: “I will be imprisoned for you. If you rape three (women), I will say that I did it. But if you marry four, son of a whore you will be beaten up.”

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former president Bill Clinton and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, wrote on Twitter that Mr Duterte was “a murderous thug with no regard for human rights” and that “rape is never a joke”.

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