The Duterte family ruled Davao City for decades and that during the 2016 campaign. He bragged that Davao City has been a fine-example of peace and order because every criminals in the area is scared of Duterte’s Death Squads. A kind of stereotypical urban legend. Duterte the Punisher! That’s what most people called him then. Of course many believed this as they don’t really know much about Davao City.
Duterte’s model city of peace and order.
I have no offense to the people of Davao City as they’ve all been very warm, kind and religious people who puts strong emphasis in family orientation and respect to elders. This is why they see Duterte as a strong patriarch figure who kept the political environment in Davao City noiselessly safe. As far as people know.
But like many other areas ruled by a madman with a secret army of assassins or infamously known to as Death Squads. Of course, no one would ever dare to criticize them nor spread educational solutions or proposals to help fix Davao City’s many problems. In a place of violence and impunity — it will always be silent and no one would be more informed on the state-of-affairs in their city.
Last 2017. During the Workplace Advocates on Safety in the Philippines Inc. (Waspi) in Davao City. Duterte bragged
“You rape a child in my city? Papatayin kita, walang problema sa akin iyan,”
“We’re the 9th safest city, how do you think did I do it? How did I reach that title among the world’s safest cities?” he asked. “Kill ‘em all,”
We know that Duterte platform to win the 2016 elections was on his tough Kill Kill Kill stance to resolve the proliferation of illegal drugs and criminality in the country. Backed by a solid machinery of social-media trolls and propgandists. Duterte has consistently brainwashed many people that this is exactly what we need. More power to kill. More discipline. More safer.
Unfortunately, this wasn’t the case. Davao City isn’t really the safest place to be in. And of course. Duterte’s strong-man politics did not stop criminality in the city as he blabbered about during the campaign period.
Duterte is fond of rape jokes and misogynistic speeches degrading women to mere sexual objects.
One example of this was a joke about the Australian missionary murdered and raped in Davao City. Here’s the video of the speech in 2017.
“Nirape nila lahat ng mga babae so ‘yung unang asolte, kasi nagretreat sila, naiwan yung ginawa nilang cover, ang isa doon yung layminister na Australyana. Tsk, problema na ito. Pag labas, edi binalot. Tiningnan ko yung mukha, ‘tangina parang artista sa America na maganda. Putangina, sayang ito. Ang nagpasok sa isip ko, nirape nila, pinagpilahan nila doon. Nagalit ako kasi nirape, oo isa rin ‘yun . Pero napakaganda, dapat ang mayor muna ang mauna. Sayang..”
Then there was illicit laughter in the crowd. This is Davao City. People we’re simply laughing at this joke. Really? Or shouldn’t we be more surprised? The culture of impunity and misogyny now slowly permeates deeper down the societal nooks and crannies of Davao City societal structure. This brought about the power of unquestionable authority over mere subjects and discourage any forms of dissent.
Women were mere objects in Duterte’s eyes.
Now here’s the big story. A 49 year old woman who sells religious figures of Santo Nino has been found dead without her underwear and her income estimated to be around 6,000 pesos disappeared as well after the attack. The police arrested an 18 year old suspect Carille John Capute whom were said to have kept the victims missing pants in his own dwelling.
Alarming increase of rape cases in Davao City
The Davao City council has since acknowledged the rapidly increasing violence against women and sexual harassment in the city. In fact, they invited representatives from the council committees on Women and Children, Peace and Order and Public Safety, and Committee on Education, to organize a multi-agency consultative meeting in aid of legislation to see what measures are already in place and what else can be done.
According to records. During the first half of 2018 alone. Most rape victims were children below 18 years old.
As of August 2018. The number of perpetrators is around 95 which most were fathers, stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles, boyfriends, cousins, friends, and brothers of the victims.
What do you think? Is Duterte’s constant rape jokes and misogynistic speeches brought about the sudden outburst of attacks against women in Davao City? Share your thoughts.