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Philippine Presidential Hopeful Won't Apologize for Rape Remarks

  • Frontrunner Duterte says comments about case were not a joke
  • Other candidates say comments are distasteful, unacceptable
Rodrigo Duterte.

Rodrigo Duterte.

Photographer: Noel Celis/AFP via Getty Images

Philippine presidential frontrunner Rodrigo Duterte said he will not apologize for remarks he made over the 1989 rape and murder of an Australian missionary in a Davao prison.

“I am even willing to lose the presidency,” Duterte said in a video posted on his official YouTube page Sunday, after footage of him talking about the case on April 12 at a campaign event sparked uproar on social media.