Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. today expressed lament over the utterance of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on the rape of an Australian woman missionary in his city in 1989.
“Nagulat kami. It seems unfortunate and I can only describe it as inappropriate. Biktima ‘yung tao ‘tapos dinagdagan pa natin,” he said when asked by the media in Bulacan for his reaction.
Marcos was in the province to accompany his presidential tandem, Senator Miriam Defensor-Santigao who was the speaker of the commencement exercises at the Bulacan State University in Malolos City.
In a separate interview in Makati during a luncheon hosted in his name by former Court of Appeals Justice Manuel Lazaro, Marcos said he it looked like the tough-talking mayor took the joke too far because the life of a victim of a crime was involved. “He took a step too far. Kawawa naman yung biktima. Let’s be sensitive to someone who has already suffered as a victim of a crime,” he said.
He said he has always known the Davao City mayor to be an outspoken mayor. “The mayor is an outspoken person. Yung sinasabing walang filter e yun na siguro si Mayor Digong,” he said.
When asked if the remark will affect his standing, Marcos said this is precisely the reason why the electorate should study each and every candidate. “That’s what the election is all about considering the record of all the candidate. It is not only those running for the presidency, the vice presidency, the senators, every single candidate. Dapat tingnan kung karapat-dapat na sila ay umupo dun sa matatats na posisyon,” he said.
But Marcos said he knows Duterte understands the predicament of the victim and her family and he is confident that the mayor will make up for it.
“I’m sure he understands that and he will make it up to those affected,” he said.