Duterte jokes about ’42 virgins’ as tourism ‘come-on’

Pia Ranada

This is AI generated summarization, which may have errors. For context, always refer to the full article.

Duterte jokes about ’42 virgins’ as tourism ‘come-on’
'I'd like to have the virgins here, not in heaven,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, during a business forum in India

MANILA, Philippines – On his last day in India, President Rodrigo Duterte joked that if Muslim extremists can lure followers with the promise of “42 virgins” in heaven, he would like to lure tourists to the Philippines with virgins as well.

Duterte, speaking to Indian and Filipino businessmen on Friday, January 26, said that virgins are promised to would-be Islamic State (ISIS) followers.

“The come-on is that if you die a martyr, you go to heaven with 42 virgins waiting for you. If I could just make it a come-on also for those who’d like to go to my country,” he said.

Soft laughter was audible from the audience after Duterte made these remarks.

While he called the ISIS ideology “bankrupt,” he said they “do not have the monopoly” of making promises about virgins.

“They do not have the monopoly of discourse in this field. And I said, one of the most is promising virgins when you go to heaven. I’d like to have the virgins here, not in heaven. God may not allow it,” he said.

Duterte, a self-confessed womanizer, has previously been blasted for sexist and objectifying remarks about women.

His supporters though, defend him by saying he is only joking and that he has supported pro-women policies as a government official. – Rappler.com

Add a comment

Sort by

There are no comments yet. Add your comment to start the conversation.

Summarize this article with AI

How does this make you feel?

Download the Rappler App!
Sleeve, Clothing, Apparel


Pia Ranada

Pia Ranada is Rappler’s Community Lead, in charge of linking our journalism with communities for impact.