President Rodrigo Duterte cracked another joke about rape on Friday, this time referring to contestants of Miss Universe, in addressing diplomats in Davao City.
The president was talking about the "virulence" of the drug problem and its effects, including the rape of children.
He said, in apparent sarcasm, that he would congratulate the criminals for raping somebody, implying that they would face consequences.
“Ang ayaw ko ‘yung bata. Kung pakialaman mo siguro ‘yung Miss Universe, (What I don't like is the rape of children. If you mess with, maybe, a Miss Universe [contestant]) maybe I would even congratulate you for having the balls to rape somebody when you know that you are going to die," Duterte said in jest at the 11th Ambassadors' Tour Philippine Reception.