The Australian Embassy in the Philippines has issued a brief statement following a recent controversial remark of leading presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte about the rape of an Australian missionary in a 1989 hostage crisis, which unleashed a social media firestorm over the weekend.

Amanda Gorely
Amanda Gorely

In its statement on Monday, the Australian Embassy said that rape and murder should never become subjects of a joke.

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“Rape and murder should never be joked about or [trivialized]. Violence against women and girls is unacceptable any time, anywhere,” the short statement posted on its Facebook page read. Read More

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