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Duterte should apologize as well to Australians

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Duterte should apologize as well to Australians

/ 12:02 AM May 16, 2016

THE AGENCE France Presse report on the front page of the Inquirer’s May 13 issue declares that “Rody plans to visit Vatican to say sorry to Pope Francis.”

I have one question: Does our new President also plan to visit Canberra to offer his apology to the Australians for the outrageously vile remark he made about the gang-rape and murder of one of their citizens, a female missionary who had been visiting the Davao City Jail?

The hasty apology he made soon after making that remark “to all our women” did not include the foreign victim. Since the Philippines has diplomatic relations with Australia and is the recipient of aid from that country, surely the civilized way would be for our new leader to clearly spell out his remorse and sorrow about that carelessly dreadful remark.

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—ISABEL T. ESCODA, Cebu City

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