Manila, Apr 19: A highly controversial and offensive remark about an Australian missionary has been made by a leading Presidential frontrunner in Philippines, media reported.
Presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Digong Duterte, the mayor of Davao City on Mindanao created controversy when he recalled an Australian missionary who was abducted, gang-raped and later killed in 1989.
While addressing a rally in Quezon City on April 12 he recalled a 1989 prison riot in which an Australian missionary was gang-raped and later killed by the inmates who had lined up to rape her.
"I was angry because she was raped, that's one thing. But she was so beautiful, the mayor should have been first. What a waste," Duterte can be heard saying so in video on You Tube while referring to himself.
His statement has created uproar in Philippines.
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36-year-old Australian Jacqueline Hamill was among others dead after a gang of inmates took 15 church workers hostage in 1989. Hamill was raped and had her throat slashed in downtown Davao, 600 miles southeast of Manila.
His comments have evoked a sharp response from the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.