Not a joke but sarcasm, Abella says on recent Duterte rape joke

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Duterte's rostrum at the 11th Ambassadors' Tour Philippine Reception at his hometown Davao City, had the presidential seal turned upside down. "There was, however, no attempt to embarrass the President", Abella said in a statement. "Maybe I will even congratulate you for having the balls to rape somebody when you know you are going to die", he said. Pero 'yung bata, 'yung mag rape ka tapos you... mahirap 'yan.

He said all offices tasked in handling Duterte's public engagements "sincerely apologized" and assured the public that there would be no repeat of such incident.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said Duterte is frustrated by the resurgence of the illegal drugs trade at the NBP. Is there a law which says that you can not blurt such statements as: "do not bring our children to perdition because you'll not only lose your funds, you'll lose your life?" he added. And you think that I have still to... due process. "However, we're up to it and we will make sure, we'll make sure that is properly addressed", he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte again made a new rape joke on Friday, this time focusing on Miss Universe beauties.

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"There are those who tend to zero in on certain details, but as far as the public is concerned, and they are the ones who really approve of him, they find the President as somebody who understands them, who has their common interests, their common good, at heart", said Abella.

He also drew ire for a comment he made during the election campaign a year ago, in which he said he was "angry" he wasn't the first to have sex with a "beautiful" Australian missionary before she was raped and killed. "If you marry four, you will get clobbered", the President said in Filipino. "But that is not the excuse", Abella said, referring to the ongoing armed conflict in Marawi City.

The President also gained a 4-point increase in approval compared to his 78% rating during the March 2017 survey, the Pulse Asia added.

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