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Duterte, addressing a group of former communist rebels Wednesday, referred to his time as mayor before becoming president and ordered the soldiers to render the women "useless" by shooting their vaginas. We won't kill you.

'I was computing that if this drags on for four years, .it'll be very expensive because it's war. He did not explain how his government would pay the bounty.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte told the country's soldiers to target female rebels in combat by shooting them in the genitals, drawing condemnation as his government faces a possible worldwide investigation over alleged extrajudicial killings.

'If you can shoot a bird above you, then how much more an NPA whose head is so big?' "We will just shoot your vagina", Duterte said at one point, referencing his previous title of Mayor.

Human Rights Watch said Duterte's remark, uttered last week before supposedly surrendered communist rebels, is the latest of Duterte's "series of misogynist, derogatory and demeaning statements he has made about women" that encourages state forces to commit sexual violence during armed conflict.

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"Duterte's pronouncements normalize the idea that government security forces can do as they wish to defeat their enemies, including committing summary executions and sexual violence", said Carlos Conde of the USA -based rights group.

Mr Conde added: 'Duterte's pronouncements normalize the idea that government security forces can do as they wish to defeat their enemies, including committing summary executions and sexual violence'.

The volatile president turned up the rhetoric against the communist guerrillas after peace talks brokered by Norway collapsed past year when he protested continuing rebel attacks on government forces.

On February 1, New York-based HRW said the independent UN-led probe could help clarify the number of deaths in Duterte's "war on drugs".

The ongoing war on illicit drugs in the Philippines will continue despite efforts of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to conduct a "preliminary examination" on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-drug campaign.

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His hard-line approach to drug addicts, where their are allegations of thousands of extrajudicial killings, caused national and global outcry, prompting the ICC to begin its investigation.

"Duterte's latest nasty remark openly encourages violence against women, contributes to the impunity on such, and further confirms himself as the most unsafe macho-fascist in the government right now", she said in a statement.

In a speech late Monday, the 72-year-old president said he was also prepared to go to prison or be executed if found guilty of crimes against humanity as alleged in a complaint filed against him at the ICC. OK, you asked for it, let's have a trial. I will cross-examine you'.

Duterte lauded the Chinese for their contributions to the Filipino culture, history, cuisine, philosophy, attitude in life, referring to these influences as "wellspring of practical lessons" that everybody, regardless of nationality, can learn from.

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