Manila - Rights groups on Monday slammed Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte for encouraging violence against women when he said soldiers should shoot female rebels in their genitals.
Duterte made the remarks last Wednesday during a meeting with more than 200 former communist rebels who have surrendered, including 48 women.
In his speech, Duterte talked about female fighters and said that soldiers should "shoot their vaginas" because "without that, they are useless."
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Representative Emmi De Jesus of the Gabriela Women's Party said the remarks only confirm that Duterte is "the most dangerous macho-fascist in the government right now."