On February 7, President Rodrigo Duterte hosting more than 200 former rebels at the Malacañang Palace remarked to shoot female New People’s Army (NPA) fighters in the vagina upon their capture.
“Shoot her in the vagina. Tell the soldiers. There’s a new order coming from mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina, so that… If there is no vagina, it would be useless,” said Duterte upon being told that the female NPA fighters hold guns and fight like an Amazon warrior.
Duterte made the headlines in international media once more.
"We will not kill you. We will just shoot you in the vagina." President Rodrigo Duterte is being criticized for boasting that he once ordered soldiers to shoot female communist guerrillas in the genitals. https://t.co/BKn8fnbgZP
— The New York Times (@nytimes) February 12, 2018
Human rights organizations are blasting Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for suggesting his troops shoot female rebels in the vagina to render them "useless." https://t.co/8GGjRzzEnT
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) February 13, 2018
In a speech last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina.
The official transcript from the event included his comment, but replaced the word “vagina” with a dash. pic.twitter.com/DQ3m5ZdXyG
— AJ+ (@ajplus) February 12, 2018
— BuzzFeed News (@BuzzFeedNews) February 13, 2018
“Tell the soldiers. ‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina,’ ” Duterte said. “If there is no vagina, it would be useless,” he continued, appearing to imply that women are useless w/o their genitals https://t.co/m2wX5dM3HL
— Kelyn Soong (@KelynSoong) February 12, 2018
Trump's favorite terrorist Duterte tells his soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina https://t.co/XYuPT57fws
— Daily Kos (@dailykos) February 13, 2018
— RT (@RT_com) February 13, 2018
Negative reactions were generated from all over the country and the world.
Statement on Duterte's order to shoot female NPA guerillas in the vagina: pic.twitter.com/rVAvpdIvd0
— #37 Gabriela Women's Party (@GabrielaWomenPL) February 11, 2018
— Women in the World (@WomenintheWorld) February 15, 2018
The order to shoot suspected women leaders in the vagina Is but the latest of assaults on women by Rodrigo Duterte. These persistent verbal attacks betray Duterte’s deep hostility AND fear. #WarCrime pic.twitter.com/SHL4yfu7zX
— inday espina varona (@indayevarona) February 12, 2018
“Tell the soldiers. ‘There’s a new order coming from the mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina,’” Duterte told Philippine soldiers. “If there is no vagina, it would be useless." https://t.co/Q4UMc0QJQB horrific report, by @emilyrauhala
— Rossalyn Warren (@RossalynWarren) February 12, 2018
Duterte on NPA women fighters:
“Shoot the vagina”
• Bastos at walang respeto sa mga babae ang panggulong to. Parang walang ina, anak at apo na babae?
• pahamak ka sa bansa imbes na seguridad. Sa tingin mo anong maramdaman nila pag narinig nila to?
BASTOS NA, PAHAMAK PA! pic.twitter.com/uxxbNkxFvp
— #PunchTheLies🤛 (@PunchTheLies) February 12, 2018
"When you have a president who tells his troops to shoot female combatants in the vagina… And you have an audience that applauds in respect of that statement, that is the basic architecture that allows fake news to become true, applauded and valued." – Bro. Armin
— Natashya Gutierrez (@natashya_g) February 15, 2018
Duterte ordered law enforcers to shoot female rebels in the vagina. Is this really the kind of talk we want kids to hear everyday? Rebels should still be given due process & a fair shake of a trial.
And Duterte’s incessant, perverted obsession for rape jokes & vaginas must stop!
— Francis Baraan IV (@MrFrankBaraan) February 14, 2018
The President's "shoot women in the vagina" remark doesn't have to violate law, international or otherwise, to be utterly reprehensible.
The demands of decency are more than enough and everyone has the obligation to condemn it.
— Pilo Hilbay (@fthilbay) February 14, 2018
1. He made numerous rape jokes.
2. He offered 42 virgins to tourists in New Delhi.
3. He joked about shooting women in the vagina.
This sick cycle needs to stop before Duterte endangers more lives, including women in the opposition, with his comments.https://t.co/bhc5vrX4Xr
— Dette | #OtsoDiretso (@mbdt_) February 12, 2018
That time Duterte, the Philippine dictator who ordered his soldiers to shoot women in the vagina, sang a Filipino love song to Trump. 👇
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) February 13, 2018
One of the dictators Donald Trump supports and visits (e.g. in Fall 2017).
Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte orders soldiers to shoot female rebels 'in the vagina' https://t.co/QD3YEO0whN
— Thorsten (@Airvooocht) February 13, 2018
If the Washington Post weren’t reporting this, I’d feel sure it was fake news. This is complete madness. President Duarte orders Philippine soldiers to shoot female rebel’s in the VAGINA! This is not a joke. It is horrifying! https://t.co/3OMW2tQnni
— ProfHelen (@Helenhs) February 12, 2018
Philippines President Duterte asks Philippines soldiers to shoot women insurgents in the vagina. Latest in his violently misogynist remarks https://t.co/FwzfSHuL0K
— Citizen/नागरिक Human/इंसान Kavita Krishnan (@kavita_krishnan) February 12, 2018
'We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina, If there is no vagina, it would be useless’ Part of genocidal violence is attacking female reproduction. Female death in a genocide is secondary to eliminating women as mothers. This is genocide. https://t.co/QXE5ZNuxfw
— Nuri "I smell dead people "McBride (@DeathandScent) February 12, 2018
A tragedy that he is our President > President Duterte slammed by writers, activists for ‘shoot in the vagina’ statement https://t.co/bmGxvw8R8d
— Noemi L. Dado (@momblogger) February 12, 2018
"Grab pussy," "shoot in the vagina," seem to come from the same circle of hell. Debasing women is a weapon of war. Make no mistake, we are in the grip of war against evil. US represents the head, Phl is the heart of the world. We fall, the rest of the world will follow.
— Wilfredo G. Villanueva (@walfrido) February 13, 2018
Duterte was also compared to Trump and the ironies of his statements were also pointed out.
Duterte to Kuwait: "Respect our women"
Duterte to PH soldiers: "Shoot women NPA in the vagina"
👏 👏 👏
— Sinbad (@MisterSinBad) February 12, 2018
Duterte: We will just shoot your vagina.
Maguindanao massacre: Most of the women (victims) were shot in the genitals and raped before they were killed.
— Dan Santos (@DanSantos8) February 15, 2018
Turkey is undermining US policy in the Middle East. Trump praises & congratulates him.
There are two Trump Towers in Istanbul.
Duterte slaughtered thousands & ordered troops to "shoot female rebels in the vagina." Trump praises & encourages him.
Trump Tower Manila just opened.
— Brian Klaas (@brianklaas) February 13, 2018
Duterte orders his troops to shoot women in the vagina.
Decency ba kamo? https://t.co/NEVe6vqpTf
— Harper (@Harperblammo) February 13, 2018
U can’t cry for gender equality AND support this kind of president. Sobrang baboy ng “shoot in the vagina” like wtf u came from a vagina mf https://t.co/MnQFvVmB48
— Millennial doktora👩🏻⚕️ (@MillennialMD) February 11, 2018
Leave it to Duterte to one up Trump’s attacks on women. 😡 https://t.co/cVvudsrMkD
— Ahmed Shihab-Eldin (@ASE) February 16, 2018
The Philippine president out-trumping Trump.
Duterte orders troops to shoot the private parts of female rebels: "Because they are useless without their vagina." https://t.co/yhWZllm8qk
— HRW Philippines (@hrw_ph) February 11, 2018
On February 13, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told Duterte’s critics “not to take the President literally but take him seriously.” He earned himself his own volley of displeasure.
Lit. 101: Don’t take Duterte literally but take him seriously? If he was speaking figuratively when he said shoot women guerrillas in the vagina, then what he was really saying was kill every woman who fights back, protests or objects to something. That’s even more serious.
— Luis V. Teodoro (@luisteodoro) February 13, 2018
Duterte tells his men to shoot women NPAs in the vagina.
The audience laughed.
And Roque earlier said we should laugh, too.
Pure EVIL. https://t.co/ywOoALtqiN
— elizabeth angsioco (@bethangsioco) February 11, 2018
“You know, sometimes, these feminists are really a bit OA (overacting),” said Roque. “I mean, that’s funny. Come on. Just laugh.”
Well, I could sort of laugh *at* you in a Borat kind of way.https://t.co/Dm9ftmsVJc
— Jessica Z (@jessicamelita) February 13, 2018
Pres. #Duterte recently told soldiers to shoot female rebels in the vagina, and they all laughed at the "joke." (Maybe they followed @attyharryroque's advice?) https://t.co/WsGf2qJvin pic.twitter.com/eNtM8OQpaI
— Preen.ph (@preenph) February 12, 2018
Don't take Duterte "literally" ("shoot the vagina") but take him "seriously" ("kill, kill, kill"), Roque says. Same hyperbolic animal.
— Manuel Laserna Jr. (@lcmlaw_ph) February 14, 2018