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Shallow-Minded Media Feasted on PDu30’s Davao Rape Joke Again


By: Elena Grace Flores

President Rodrigo Du30 is making another joke. The mainstream media never failed to report this right on the spot. Commentaries loom. Du30 humorously said that the reason why the incidence rate of rape in Davao City is high is that there are plenty of pretty girls in Davao. Because of that, the President is under fire again. Malacañang, however, defends the president and says that we shouldn’t take seriously the jokes of the president. This shows how shallow some news sources are. Instead of covering Bongbong Marcos’ electoral protest against the presumptive VP, Leni Robredo, which is a public interest, they are more into petty things.

Youtube video by GMA News

[VIDEO]: Pahayag ni Pres. Duterte na maraming maganda sa Davao City kaya maraming nare-rape doon, binabatikos

The President’s Visayan Humor on Rape

The president is saying that as long as there are plenty of beautiful women, rape cases will always be high. He said so in Bisaya in Mandaue City on August 30.

Statistics of Rape Cases in Davao

With the data from the Philippine National Police, Davao ranks highest in the number of rape cases. There have been 42 cases in the 2nd quarter of 2018. With the PNP data on index crimes from 2010 to 2015 Davao City also ranks 2nd in the number of rape cases with 843 counts.

Many Media is Still a Stranger to the President’s Joke

Du30 can’t help but keep on making misogynistic remarks and making light of rape. For that, he faces heavy criticism. Back when he was mayor of Davao City he even joked about raping an Australian missionary as she was very beautiful. She was killed in a prison riot. This joke of his has caused an uproar. The media should know by now the nature of the President’s humor.

Can’t Change the Leader’s Manner

Malacañang, however, sees no problem with the President’s behavior. They say that it is just a part of his manner of speech and Most Filipinos understand his humor, especially the masses. This is actually one of the reasons why he is so popular. The majority of the Filipinos can relate to him.

The Presidential Daughter’s Point of View

As Mayor Sara Du30-Carpio explains,  the incidence of rape has decreased by 20.83%. There were 120 cases during the first half of 2017 and on the first half of 2018 it went down to 95. She is claiming that this is due to the government programs about teaching children on the topic of sexual abuse. And to all the antagonists of Davao City government, she is asking what have they done to help.

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