PDP-Laban presidential bet and Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte issued an apology for his recent controversial remarks about an Australian rape victim in 1989.
Rappler reported that his apology was sent to media on Tuesday, April 19.
Below is Duterte’s apology in full:
“I apologize to the Filipino people for my recent remarks in a rally. There was no intention of disrespecting our women and those who have been victims of this horrible crime. Sometimes my mouth can get the better of me.
However, I will not apologize for the things I’ve done to protect our people, especially the weak and defenseless, from crime. I know what it can do to the victims and their families. The anguish and pain they cause. The trauma that can’t be erased. I have witnessed these myself numerous times.
This is why I am angry. I am angry because horrendous things like this continue to happen to our women and children all over our land. And sadly, government has failed to protect them
If you will give me the chance to lead this country, I promise to all of you that I will protect our women, children and families from the horrors and disorder that crime inflicts. I will do this even if I lose my life, my honor and even the presidency.
My life is an open book. I am a man of many flaws and contradictions. But when it comes to securing the lives and future of our countrymen and women, you can trust me to do the right thing. I will fight for my people until my last breath.”
The mayor issued the apology days after a video of him speaking at a political rally telling a rape joke, in which he denied, and has said his remark was made in “gutter language” and in “utter anger”.