Pormal nang humingi ng paumanhin si presidential candidate at Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte dahil sa kanyang 'gutter joke' tungkol sa isang Australian rape and murder victim na kanyang binitawan sa isang political rally.
Ito ay matapos ang sunud-sunod na kritisismo na natanggap ni Duterte tungkol sa pagbibiro niya sa Australian missionary na biktima ng panggagahasa at pagpatay sa Davao noong 1989.
“I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally,” simula ng official statement ni Duterte.
“There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims of this horrible crime. Sometimes my mouth can get the better of me.”
Dugtong pa ng presidential candidate, “However, I will not apologize for the things I've done to protect our people, especially the weak and defenseless, from crime.
“I know what it can do to the victims and their families. The anguish and pain they cause.
“The trauma that can't be erased. I have witnessed these myself numerous times.
“This is why I am angry. I am angry because horrendous things like this continue to happen to our women and children all over our land. And sadly, government has failed to protect them.”
Sa naunang panayam ni Duterte, sinabi nitong nasambit niya ang kanyang “joke” tungkol sa rape victim dahil sa sobrang galit.
Pagpapatuloy ni Duterte, kung mabibigyan ng pagkakataong mahalal bilang pangulo, poprotektahan niya ang kababaihan, mga bata, at mga pamilya mula sa krimen, kapalit man ang kanyang buhay at pagkapangulo.
“If you will give me the chance to lead this country, I promise to all of you that I will protect our women, children and families from the horrors and disorder of crime.
“I will do this even if I lose my life, my honor and even the presidency.”
Dugtong pa niya, marami man siyang kakulangan, maaasahan siya pagdating sa pangangalaga sa kinabukasan ng kanyang mga kababayan.
“My life is an open book. I am a man of many flaws and contradictions.
“But when it comes to securing the lives and future of our countrymen and women, you can trust me to do the right thing.
“I will fight for the people until my last breath.”