• The CHR found Duterte guilty of violationg Magna Carta of Women over rape joke
  • The commission left it to CSC and DILG to consider taking appropriate measures for Duterte’s violation
  • The CHR’s decision stemmed from the complaint filed by several women’s rights groups last month

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) found incoming President Rodrigo Duterte of violating Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, a law that protects the rights of women.

Last month, several women’s rights groups filed a complaint before the CHR against then presidential candidate Duterte in connection with a joke he said during one of his campaign sorties.

The complainants said Duterte’s remarks encouraged rape culture and disrespecting of women.

In a video that went viral prior to the presidential elections, Duterte was seen narrating an incident in the 1980’s where an Australian lay missionary was held hostage, gang-raped and killed by inmates in a Davao City prison facility.

“Nagalit ako kasi ni-rape? Oo. Isa rin ‘yun. Pero napakaganda, dapat mayor muna ang nauna. Sayang,” Duterte said to the laughter of the audience.

[Did I get mad because she was raped? Yes. That’s one of the reasons. But, she was very pretty the mayor should have been first (to rape her). What a waste]

As mentioned in a GMA News Online article dated May 25, 2016, the CHR issued a statement that said: “The CHR, in the dispositive part of the resolution found the words and actions of Mayor Duterte to be discriminatory of women that is enjoined by the Magna Carta of Women.”

The commission added it is leaving to the Civil Service Commission and the Department of Interior and Local Government to consider taking appropriate measures for the violation of the Magna Carta by Mayor Duterte.”

CHR Chairperson Chito Gascon said Duterte’s statement “breaches to fundamental human rights against gender-based discrimination and violence.”