CHR: Duterte violated Magna Carta of Women for rape joke

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) found incoming President Rodrigo Duterte guilty of violating the Magna Carta of Women for his rape joke.

"The CHR, in the dispositive part of the resolution found the words and actions of Mayor Duterte to be discriminatory of women that is enjoined by the Magna Carta of Women," the CHR said in a statement released Wednesday, GMA News reported.


The CHR, an independent office created by the Philippine Constitution with the primary function of investigating all forms of human rights violations, said it is now up to the Civil Service Commission (CSC) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) "to consider taking appropriate measures for the violation of the Magna Carta by Mayor Duterte."

Its resolution stemmed from a join complaint filed by the coalition Women Against Duterte led by WomanHealth Philippines, World March of Women, Katutubong Lilak, and SENTRO.

The women's groups said Duterte violated Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women for his remarks about the Australian lay missionary who was raped and killed at the Davao Metrodiscom Jail in 1989.

During a campaign rally at Amoranto Stadium in Quezon City on April 12, then presidential candidate Duterte said:

"T***a, sayang ito. Ang napasok sa isip ko, ni-rape nila. Pinagpilahan nila. Nagalit ako kasi ni-rape. Oo, isa rin yun. Napakaganda. Dapat ang mayor muna ang mauna."

The remark drew laughter from the audience but some human rights advocates and women's groups frowned. The outgoing Davao City mayor later apologized for his rape joke and said it was only "gutter language."

Duterte is set to take oath as the new president of the republic on June 30. Supporters of the incoming head of state said on Facebook that they are willing to sign a public petition to abolish the CHR.