PRESIDENTIAL candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte admitted his remark about the death and rape of an Australian missionary in 1989 was bad.
But the Mindanawon presidential candidate said he was not making a joke out of the incident.
“It was a bad remark. It wasn’t a joke,” Duterte said Sunday after he was heavily criticized for allegedly making a joke out of the incident during his sortie on June 12 in Amoranto Sports Complex in Quezon City.
He said he was only recalling and retelling the incident, which was “very bloody and gory.”
“I was really angry at that time that’s why I said it,” he said as he recognized that he has a gutter language.
He also apologized if ever he offended people because of what he said in 1989.
“Sorry kung hindi nagustuhan ng iba (if some were offended by it). Pero yan yan ang totoo (That’s the truth). That is an incident, but there is a story behind it,” he said.
He was referring to the time when he offered himself as the hostage in exchange for a child dying after taken by a group of inmates from the Davao Penal Colony. A month after, the same group of inmates seized missionaries who visited the detention facility in Davao for nearly 48 hours. The crisis resulted in the death of 21, including the Australian missionary and four other hostages.
Duterte took responsibility over the death of the inmates. Taking from this, Duterte said he was “sorry in general” — not to any sector or group like Gabriela — not for his “gutter language.”
“I am sorry for the Filipino people,” he said. “It is my style. It is my mouth. I said that in the heat of anger. But listen to the story behind.”
He apologized to the Filipino people, he said, because “every crime committed against the poeple is the responsibility of the government.”
“The incident turned out to be bloody and gory. Sorry,” he said.”Pero sabihin mo mag-sorry ako dahil sa bunganga ko, as a matter of principle i will not. I will not for the life of me.
He also said he does not care if this will cost him the election.
“I am the master of my fate and the captain of my soul,” he said. “If it will bring me down, let it bring me down. If it will bring me up to the presidency, well and good. Let me serve you.”