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Australia upset by Philippine candidate's rape remark

FILE - In this March 10, 2016 file photo, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte talks to the media prior to addressing seafarers organization in Manila, Philippines. The Australian ambassador and Philippine presidential candidates condemned Duterte's, the leading contender, remark made Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at a campaign rally that he "should have been the first" to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners in 1989. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)

FILE - In this March 10, 2016 file photo, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte talks to the media prior to addressing seafarers organization in Manila, Philippines. The Australian ambassador and Philippine presidential candidates condemned Duterte's, the leading contender, remark made Tuesday, April 12, 2016, at a campaign rally that he "should have been the first" to rape an Australian missionary who was assaulted and killed by prisoners in 1989. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)  (The Associated Press)

Australia says rape and murder should never be joked about after the leading Philippine presidential candidate said last week that he "should have been the first" to assault an Australian missionary who was gang raped and killed by prisoners in 1989.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte spoke at a campaign rally last Tuesday about the killings of 36-year-old Australian Jacqueline Hamill and four other missionaries in his city. She and other women hostages also were raped.

Duterte said he was angered because Hamill was so beautiful and the prisoners took turns raping her when "the mayor should have been first."

Ambassador Amanda Gorely tweeted late Sunday that "rape and murder should never be joked about or trivialized."