LOOK: Controversial Pugoy hostage crisis depicted in Duterte comics

MANILA, Philippines -The story behind the controversial Pugoy hostage crisis in Davao City prison in 1989 has been revealed in the comic book: "Digong: Ang Kanlungan ng mga Inaapi at Inaabuso.”

Written by KC Cordero and JM Estrabela, the comic book shows the feat of Duterte including his role in the hostage taking of 36-year-old Australian missionary Jaqueline Hamill as well as 14 other victims. It was illustrated by Karl Comendador, the Duterte supporter artist who also made Mar Roxas’s comic book “Sa Gitna ng Unos.”

The comic book shows how Duterte volunteered to become a hostage in exchange for other victims after the group of convict Felipe Pugoy attempted to escape Davao Penal Colony.
Controversial Pugoy hostage crisis
Excerpt from Duterte’s comic book titled "Digong: Ang Kanlungan ng mga Inaapi at Inaabuso.”
While Pugoy held a knife to Duterte’s throat, the tough-talking mayor told the criminal that he will do everything he can to help in Pugoy’s case. In the end, Duterte was able to convince Pugoy to go back to the jail.

Another hostage incident was shown in the next panel. This time, the hostage-taking took place inside Camp Leonor in August 1989 where Hamill was one of the victims. The female prayer warrior of the Joyful Assembly of God was gang raped and killed during the incident.

In the comic book, the mayor, who was in his first mayoral term at that time, said: "Pinatay na nila lahat ang hostages, kailangan pa ba ang negosasyon? (They killed all the hostages, do we still need a negotiation?) And besides, I don't negotiate with criminals!”

Excerpt from Duterte’s comic book titled "Digong: Ang Kanlungan ng mga Inaapi at Inaabuso”.
The said hostage crisis recently regained interest after a video of Duterte commenting on the rape of Hamill during his campaign rally on April 12 in Quezon City made rounds on social media. His remark quickly earned the ire of netizens and several women’s rights groups.

He said: "T***a, sayang ito. Ang napasok sa isip ko, ni-rape nila. Pinagpilahan nila. Nagalit ako kasi ni-rape. Oo, isa rin yun. Napakaganda. Dapat ang mayor muna ang mauna.”

The PDP-Laban standard bearer has since apologized for offending Filipinos but claimed he was not joking when he made the statement. --Mini, The Summit Express 

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