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Clinton daughter calls Duterte ‘murderous thug’

The only child of former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and ex-President Bill Clinton called President Rodrigo Duterte a "murderous thug" after calling out his rape joke.

Chelsea Clinton commented on Twitter that Duterte's joke of owning up to one count of rape for every three that soldiers commit in Mindanao under the implementation of martial law.

She then rebuffed criticisms on her honing in on Duterte's rape joke instead of the human rights violations purportedly committed under his administration by calling the president a "murderous thug" while insisting on her original point.

The Clinton Foundation board member is the latest political figure to criticize Duterte's joke during his speech to the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade of the Philippine Army in Iligan City.

Gabriela Women's Party called the joke the "height of insensitivity" as it might embolden soldiers to "systematically use rape as a tool of war and subject women to further abuse and impunity."

Duterte expressed his support to troops in Iligan City on Friday and in jest said he could even go to jail for the soldiers if they committed rape.

“‘Pag naka-rape ka ng tatlo, aminin ko na akin iyon," Duterte said.

"‘Pag nag-asawa ka ng apat, t—ina, bugbugin ka ng—ito si Delfin,” he added in apparent reference to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. —Rie Takumi/LBG, GMA News