Philippine President Duterte says female rebels should be shot in vagina to render them 'useless'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that female rebels should be shot in the vagina, so as to render them "useless."

Duterte made the remarks in front of a crowd of about 200 former rebels on Tuesday, suggesting his soldiers be given "new orders."

"We won’t kill you. Will we just shoot your vagina so that...if there is no vagina, it would be useless," Duterte said.

The comments immediately sparked a wave of backlash from human rights organizations around the world. Christine Palabay, secretary-general of the Philippine rights group Karapatan, named the leader as a "frothing-in-the-mouth fascist."

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Duterte was born on March 28, 1945 in Maasin, Southern Leyte, Philippines.

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Duterte became the mayor of Davao City in 1988, where he earned the nickname “The Punisher.” He served as mayor for 20 years, non-consecutively.

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Duterte comes from a family of politicians. His father, Vicente Duterte, was the governor of unified Davao and a member of President Ferdinand Marcos' cabinet. His daughter, Sara Duterte, is currently the mayor of Davao City.

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Rodrigo Duterte was elected the 16th president of the Philippines in May 2016.

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Duterte once compared himself to Adolf Hitler, saying he would kill millions of drug addicts.

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Duterte has led a violent anti-drug crackdown, and more than 7,000 have reportedly been killed since he has taken office. 

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Duterte called President Barack Obama a “son of a wh**e.” He made the comments after Obama brought up concerns about human rights violations in 2016. Duterte later apologized for the comment.

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Weeks before being sworn in as president, Duterte fueled an already hostile environment for journalists when he said, "Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a b****." 

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In 2015, Duterte vowed to execute 100,000 criminals and dump their bodies into Manila Bay. 

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Duterte cursed Pope Francis over traffic that was generated by his visit. 

"We were affected by the traffic," Duterte said. "It took us five hours. I asked why, they said it was closed. I asked who is coming. They answered, the Pope. I wanted to call him: 'Pope, son of a wh**e, go home. Do not visit us again'."

He later apologized. 

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Duterte came under fire in April 2016 after he made a joke about a missionary who was gang raped and murdered during a prison riot in 1989. “But she was so beautiful,” Duterte said. “I thought the mayor should have been first.” 

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A witness testified in Sept. 2016, claiming he was a member of Duterte's alleged "Davao Death Squad," and that the Filipino president gave orders to kill drug dealers, drug users and others who may violate the law. 

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In December of 2016, Duterte said President Donald Trump endorses his violent and deadly campaign against drugs after a brief phone call. 

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Congressman Gary Alejano filed an impeachment complaint against Duterte in March 2017, claiming he is guilty of crimes against humanity and murder.

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"His recent comments and pronouncements are but the latest of the series of these madman’s display of tyranny, lunacy and machismo," Palabay said. "Duterte has distinguished himself as a frothing-in-the-mouth fascist who incites the worst violations of international humanitarian law."

The former mayor of Davao City has frequently made controversial comments, and the International Criminal Court recently disclosed it is opening up a preliminary investigation on Duterte. He once said he would be "happy to slaughter" his nation's three million drug addicts.

"At least Germany had Hitler," Duterte said at the time.

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But some who are satisfied with this leader are Filipinos themselves.

According to Philippine pollster Social Weather Stations, 80 percent of Filipinos say they are satisfied with the government -- the highest rating in three decades.

Christina Gregg contributed to this report.

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