I planned to vote for him before because of his no-nonsense approach and actions against crime and criminals in general, so he's the last person I'd expect to make a joke about thinking of committing a crime as barbaric and heinous as rape especially given the fact that he had long years of first hand experience seeing dead bodies of victims of such an act… I've seen the whole video of that speech and listened to the backstory. He had himself get taken hostage at knifepoint risking his life and limb, and he himself lead the offensive using his own Uzi firearm to eliminate the bad guys. Yes, I acknowledge that these are indeed heroic acts on his part worthy of recognition, but I still struggle to find a good explanation for that rape joke.
So I've watched the full video of his apology. He told the whole story again and said a lot of things but I didn't get the answer I was hoping for. What he said was he wasn't making a joke, and it was just gutter language uttered out of anger and frustration, and he grew up in a place where people talk that way. Well, I get all that except for the not making a joke bit which sounds like an outright lie to me. It's very clear based on his overall demeanor and the transcripts from the viral video that he was making a joke about it. They can spin it any way they want but it's all obvious on the record that he was making a joke.
An honest answer I could've lived with would've been, "I'm sorry for that joke. It was just my libido talking. I was thinking using my dick and in the process sounded like a dick. I have no excuse for this, I'm not perfect but I'm willing to do the dirty work to keep you all lazy assholes safe and clean." Something like that would've been somewhat okay instead of trying to justify it… He gave a half-assed apology in general and refused to apologize to a particular entity. He said he's sticking to his guns…
I was looking for a little bit of courage in admitting he was wrong and a little bit of humility as these are somewhat traits becoming of a good leader but he has neither…. So I think it's best if he should just stick to his literal guns and continue his work in Davao. It might not be a smart decision to look up to him as a leader after all, and I'm just realizing right now that I might just be one of the many pinoys desperate for change that got bedazzled by the rugged charm of the Duterte brand of justice. I was wrong.
The image stuck in my mind now is that SICK necrophilic joke coming not from a heroic crime buster but from the mouth of a dirty old man who took too much Viagra and have little morals. I'm voting for Sen. Santiago now.
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