Rodrigo Duterte, the crude president of the Philippines, has sparked controversy with his outlandish claims that as long as beautiful women exist, rape will continue to happen. The president said this in response to a report that his hometown, Davao, has seen a sharp increase in sexual violence. Instead of instilling hope that this will end, he targeted women as the cause. When the Australian ambassador to Manila responded against this comment, the president angrily instructed the political figure to, “Stay out. Stay out, Australian government.”
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