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Rodrigo Duterte: Filipino President tells court he would rather face firing squad than be jailed if he is found guilty of crimes against humanity

The Philippines' president, Rodrigo Duterte, has once again sparked controversy with a violent, misogynistic comment about female rebels.

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"It encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict, which is a violation of worldwide humanitarian law", Carlos Conde, a Human Rights Watch representative in the Philippines, said.

Duterte's presidency has thus far been defined by violence - and often violently misogynistic language.

The Philippine president has ordered the cancellation of a deal to buy 16 helicopters from Canada and says purchases of USA arms should also be stopped because of too many imposed conditions, although he says he still supports President Donald Trump.

"In a statement, Carlos Conde, a researcher for Human Rights Watch, called it "the latest in a series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women".

"It encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict, which is a violation of worldwide humanitarian law", he said. Last summer, his rape joke about Miss Universe was widely condemned.

Duterte said: "I want to tell the armed forces to cut the deal, don't proceed with it and somehow we will look for another supplier".

"What I don't like are kids [being raped]", he said.

In the run-up to the presidential election, Duterte sparked outrage by saying that he, as mayor of Davao, "should have been first" to rape an Australian missionary in jail in 1989. Then he said: "If you had raped three, I will admit it, that's on me".

President Rodrigo Duterte's order, issued in a news conference late Friday, came after the Canadian government chose to review the 12 billion peso ($235 million) helicopter deal due to concerns the Philippine military might use the utility helicopters in counterinsurgency assaults. He later apologised and said he did not intend to disrespect women or rape victims. Just last week his spokesman, Harry Roque, accused women of "overreacting" to the president's comments.

"I mean, that's amusing".

But following new clashes between government forces and rebel fighters in 2017, Duterte signed a proclamation labelling the communist fighters as a "terrorist" group, essentially breaking off the peace process.

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