MANILA -- President Rodrigo Duterte cracked another rape joke, this time while pardoning cadets at the Philippine Military Academy during Sunday's graduating rites.
Presidents pardon PMA cadets for various offenses every year, after the commencement ceremony.
"Anyway I'll pass you this time because I need good and capable soldiers," Duterte said.
"Patawarin ko kayo. The number one is for rape, p****** i**. Ang number two is drugs with rape with robbery," he said.
(I will pardon you. The number one is for rape. Number two is drugs with rape with robbery.)
"Parang sa Muntinlupa ito. Pangatlo, multiple rape of the women of Baguio, the beautiful one," he said, referring to the national penitentiary.
(This is like Muntinlupa. Third, multiple rape of the women of Baguio, the beautiful one.)
Before he granted the pardon, Duterte said: "You have to be, show to me your face. Who are to be pardoned?"
"Para ring pulis ha. Natuto na kayo sa pulis, ayaw mag-admit."
(Just like policemen. You learned from the police, who refuse to admit.)
Duterte's jokes about rape have repeatedly drawn the ire of women's and human rights groups.