Australian rape victim's fellow missionary denounces Duterte candidacy

Apr 18, 2016
<p>This photo, which Robin Haines Merrill posted on her Facebook account, shows her playing the flute. Merrill served as a missionary in the Philippines from 1986-1990 and visited prisoners in Manila, alongside rape and murder victim Jacqueline Hamill.</p

Nag-post sa kanyang Facebook account ang kasamahan ng Australian lay missionary na si Jacqueline Hamill, na ni-rape at pinatay sa isang hostage-taking incident sa Davao noong 1989.

Gaya ni Hamill, naging misyonaryo sa Pilipinas si Robin Haines Merrill noong dekada ‘80.

Simula ni Robin sa kanyang post nitong Sabado, April 16, “ON BEHALF OF MY SISTER IN CHRIST, MISSIONARY JACQUELINE HAMILL, I PUBLICALLY DENOUNCE THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDACY OF DUTERTE, IN THE PHILIPPINES.”

Sa nasabing Facebook post, idinetalye ni Robin ang sinapit ni Jacqueline na biktima ng panggagahasa at pagpatay noong 1989.

“Jacqueline was raped and had her throat slit while ministering in the jails in southern Philippines in a 1989 hostage taking.

“Duterte was recorded this week saying in his political rally that while he ordered the killing of the hostage takers while he was mayor, he wished he could have raped her first, since she was so beautiful.”

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Paliwanag pa ni Robin, bilang misyonaryong babae, maraming risks ang kaakibat ng pagiging misyonaryo.

“But all ministry and everyday LIFE is a big risk, and we must be obedient to the voice of the spirit of God, even if it leads us to death.

“Jacqueline's death affected me deeply personally, as I had been visiting just about every jail in Manila with the ACTION/CGM teams from 1986-89.

“I couldn't yet speak the language but I could play the flute and just show love to people in horrible situations. LOVE TRUMPS HATE. DON'T STOP LOVING.

“DON'T VOTE FOR PEOPLE who speak vile things against WOMEN!! We are ALL made in the Image of God!!”

“Note: My name is Robin but I am a woman, not a man, not related to Jacqueline, and I did not work with her. I was a missionary at the same time as her, in Manila. The photograph is of myself-playing the flute-and colleagues from ACTION/CGM”

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Halos ganito rin ang mensahe ng ambassador ng Australia sa Pilipinas na si Amanda Gorley.

Tweet niya: “Rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere.”

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<p>This photo, which Robin Haines Merrill posted on her Facebook account, shows her playing the flute. Merrill served as a missionary in the Philippines from 1986-1990 and visited prisoners in Manila, alongside rape and murder victim Jacqueline Hamill.</p
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