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Filipinos Get Rodrigo Duterte's Rape Jokes, an Aide Says (time.com)

 A spokesman for Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has justified a rape joke the president made on the grounds that the "majority of the people, especially the masses, really get him."

Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella came to Duterte's defense at a press briefing Monday, Philippine news site Rappler reports, after the latter was criticized for remarks he made on Friday suggesting that some rapists were worthy of congratulations.

"What I don't like are kids [being raped]," Duterte reportedly said during a speech in his Davao City hometown, Friday. "You can mess with, maybe, Miss Universe. Maybe I will even congratulate you for having the balls to rape somebody when you know you are going to die." [...] MORE