Women's rights groups file complaint vs. Duterte

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The "Women Against Duterte" coalition filed a complaint before the Commission on Human Rights against presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Several women's rights groups filed a complaint on Wednesday (April 20) at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) against presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte.

The complaint was filed by the "Women Against Duterte" movement — a coalition of women's rights advocates, environmental and worker's groups, led by Ana Maria Nemenzo of Woman Health Philippines, Jean Enriquez of World March of Women, Judy Pasimio of Katutubong Lilak, and Josua Mata of SENTRO.

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Duterte is accused of violating Republic Act 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women — a law that protects the rights of women.

The groups said Duterte's disrespect towards women during his speeches in his different campaign rallies have been well-documented — the latest incident on April 12 when the Davao City mayor commented on the Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill who was raped and killed in 1989.

On Tuesday (April 19), Duterte said sorry for his rape remark.

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According to Pasimio, they are rejecting Duterte's apology. She added the mayor's statement  encourages rape culture and disrespecting of women.

The CHR will investigate the complaint and will ask for Duterte's reply to the issue.

Also read: No intention of disrespecting women and rape victims — Duterte apology statement

Duterte lashes out at Australian gov't

Duterte on Tuesday lashed out at the Australian government after it condemned his recent rape comment.

The Davao City mayor said he doesn't need a lesson on decency and justice from Australia. He recalled how Australian authorities held a Filipina suspected to be a drug courier.

They released the Filipina two weeks later after discovering that she was only carrying medication.

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"Do not talk about to me about fairness and good taste. Kayo mga Australyano, shape up. If you cannot be fair to my countrymen shut up," he said. "What's your problem Australians, your missionary national was fine-- raped. What did I give you? Instant justice, ayan patay, 16 of them, ayaw mo pa yan?" [What did I give you? Instant justice, there, they're dead, 16 of them, is it not enough?]

Lawyer defends Duterte

According to Atty. Paola Alvarez, Duterte has done more than his rivals to promote the safety and empowerment of women and children.

Alvarez said Duterte may be the only mayor to assign a battery of lawyers to handle all the legal concerns of abused and battered women in Davao City. She also cited Duterte's health programs for pregnant women and babies.

"Mayor Duterte is well-loved as an overprotective father by women and children in Davao City because they know he is ready and willing to sacrifice his own life in order to protect them from criminals," she said in a statement issued by Duterte's party, PDP Laban.

Alvarez also said Duterte is being “unjustly and unfairly pilloried over a misunderstood statement.”

CNN Philippines' Menchu Macapagal contributed to the report.