MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Commission on Human Rights says the country's presumptive president-elect violated a law protecting women's rights by making a rape joke during the election campaign.
The commission said Wednesday it found the "words and actions" of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of southern Davao city "to be discriminatory of women" under the law, named the Magna Carta of Women. It asked the Civil Service Commission and the Interior Department to consider taking "appropriate measures" against Duterte.
It was not immediately clear if Duterte can appeal the decision or what punishments he might face under the law.
Women's groups filed a complaint against the brash mayor last month for what they said were offensive acts, including a campaign joke about wanting to rape a slain Australian missionary.