Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has order soldiers to shoot female communist rebels “in the vagina,” the Guardian reports.
During a speech to over two hundred former communist soldiers last week, Duterte called on soldiers not to kill captured female rebels, but to shoot them in the genitalia instead.
“There’s a new order coming from the mayor, we will not kill you, we will just shoot you in the vagina,” Duterte said. “If there is no vagina, it would be useless.”
On Tuesday, human rights organizations slammed President Duterte for his remarks to the crowd.
“Duterte has distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary-general of the Philippine rights group Karapatan, USA Today reports.
“His recent comments and pronouncements are but the latest of the series of these madman’s display of tyranny, lunacy and machismo,” Palabay said.
Human Rights Watch claims President Duterte violated international humanitarian law when he ordered soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina, Rappler reported.
“It encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict which is a violation of international humanitarian law,” Human Rights Watch Asia Division’s Carlos Conde said.
President Duterte made the comments to a crowd of former rebel soldiers on February 7, however, the official transcript from the Presidential Communications Operations Office censored the word.
The Commission on Human Rights scolded President Duterte for the remarks, reminding him that “words matter,” and adding that his latest remark “openly encourages violence against women.”
“It is the duty of the government to ensure that women, as humans with rights and as part of the country’s most vulnerable and marginalized, enjoy the protection of the State and not be at the forefront of inflicting violence against them,” said Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia.
(Written & Edited by Bart Charles Begley)