President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines is being condemned by national and international human rights organizations after he encouraged soldiers to shoot the rebel women that they take captive, in the vagina.
Duterte has had a long history of making vile and violent statements about women. The International Criminal Court recently announced that it was investigating whether or not he's committed crimes against humanity during his bloody domestic drug war. In response, the 72-year-old strongman bragged that he wouldn't mind being indicted so long as he can enjoy conjugal visits with multiple women.
Last week while speaking before some 200 former communist rebels who've been converted into troops in the national army, Duterte declared "a new order" in which "We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina so that … if there is no vagina, it would be useless.” The proposal came during a speech that was reportedly littered with lewd uses of the word “bisong,” which references female genitalia.
The U.S.-based Human Rights Watch has come forward to charge that the message is implicit of violations of international law that prohibit sexual violence during armed conflict. Carlos Conde, a spokesperson for HRW's Asian division, called Duterte's remarks "just the latest in a series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women."