Analyst: Duterte's rape slur may affect his presidential bid

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A political analyst said PDP-Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte's viral video might affect his bid for the presidency.

Watch: Duterte draws flak for rape 'joke'

In an interview with CNN Philippines on Monday (April 18), political analyst Edna Co said candidates should think twice before making any statements.

"Sa panahon ng eleksyon at sa panahon ng kampanya, lahat ng anggulo ng isang kandidato -- lalung-lalo na ng isang presidential candidate -- ay inilalagay sa ilalim ng napakamahusgang paningin ng mga botante," she explains.

[Translation: During the campaign period, all angles of a candidate -- especially that of a presidential candidate -- are put under the meticulous eye of the voters.]

She added that Duterte should apologize because his statement reflects what kind of leader he will be.

She explained the mayor should be ready to embrace the consequences of his action.

"Hindi natin mapapangunahan na baguhin ang karakter o yung behavior o yung manner of speaking ng isang kandidato, but he should be ready to face the consequence of that," said Co.

[Translation: We cannot impose on a candidate to change his character or his manner of speaking, but he should be ready to face the consequence of that.]

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No apologies

Duterte made the comments Tuesday (April 12) during his campaign rally in Quezon City, referring to an Australian who was raped together with other missionaries at a Davao City Jail, back in 1989.

On Sunday (April 17), the Duterte said he is not making any apologies over his controversial "rape statement."

He said that he is not afraid that the statement would cost him the presidency.

“If it brings me down, let it bring me down. If it brings me up to the presidency, then well and good. I will serve you but I will not as a matter of honor apologize for (it).”

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Meanwhile, the Australian embassy released a statement on their Facebook page saying that rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialised. Though the statement did not specifically say that they are referring to Duterte, it stated: "Violence against women and girls is unacceptable anytime, anywhere."