The
President of the Philippines has reportedly told his soldiers to shoot
female rebels directly in the vagina because without their genitals they
are ‘useless’.

President Rodrigo Duterte is said to have made the
remarks when he was addressing a group of former communist rebels on
Wednesday.

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In the official government transcription of the speech the word ‘vagina’ is replaced with a dash, but it says that his audience laughed when he made the comment.

He
is reported as saying: ‘Tell the soldiers. ‘There’s a new order coming
from mayor. We won’t kill you. We will just shoot your vagina. If there
are no vaginas it would be useless.’

In the speech he also
criticised any female rebels within the New People’s Army (NPA), and
told his army to kill anyone in the organisation, male or female.

He
said: ‘Why would you women join? Some of you join the movement, even if
you have your family. You can’t even return to your families for how
many years.

‘Christmas, New Year, your child’s birthday, your
birthday. You won’t even show up. You gave birth to your children then
you leave them behind.

‘We have pills for free. Why would you give
birth six, seven times and you’re an NPA? Then you’d go to war, you
leave your family behind. I feel pity for the person.’

Previously,
Duterte has made rape jokes about Miss Universe, and told his soldiers
they had permission to rape up to three women during conflict without
facing punishment.

Emmi de Jesus, a member of Congress
representing the Gabriela Women’s Party, said: ‘Duterte’s latest nasty
remark openly encourages violence against women, contributes to the
impunity on such, and further presented himself as the epitome of
misogyny and fascism terribly rolled in one.’

Duterte is currently
under investigation by the International Criminal Court for his ‘war on
drugs’ which has seen nearly 4,000 people killed in vigilante style
executions since he came to power in June 2016.

He said that he
wouldn’t mind being indicted if it meant he was allowed conjugal visits
by multiple women if he is imprisoned, reports The Philippine Star.

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His
spokesperson, Harry Roque defended him saying: ‘You know, sometimes,
these feminists are really a bit overreacting. I mean, that’s funny.
Come on. Just laugh.’

Duterte claimed in November 2017 that he had
killed someone in a stabbing by the time he was 16-years-old, but his
aides have claimed that he is prone to ‘hyperboles’.