Philippine Presidential Front-Runner Tells a Women’s Group to ‘Go to Hell’ by Charlie Campbell @FortuneMagazine April 21, 2016, 7:27 AM EDT E-mail Tweet Facebook Linkedin Share icons Philippine presidential front-runner Rodrigo Duterte has brusquely dismissed a complaint filed against him by a women’s group as “silly” and told its members to “go to hell.” The complaint, lodged at the nation’s Commission on Human Rights, was spurred by Duterte’s remarks during a campaign event on Sunday regarding Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill, who in 1989 was held hostage, gang-raped and murdered during a prison riot in Davao City. Duterte, who has served as mayor of Davao for 22 years, told a crowd: “She was so beautiful. I thought, the mayor should have been first.” Speaking to reporters Wednesday, Duterte said the group—Women Against Duterte—was likely “paid” to make the complaint. “I was exercising my constitutional right [to free speech],” he added, according to the Inquirer. “My mouth shouldn’t be an election issue.” The group is a coalition of women’s, workers,’ and environmental organizations. Duterte’s remarks come after he dismissed his daughter as a “drama queen” after she said that she had been raped herself. The 71-year-old is currently leading polls to replace current Philippine President Benigno Aquino III in the May 9 ballot. He is campaigning on a law-and-order ticket after transforming crime-ridden Davao into one of the Southeast Asian nation’s safest cities. However, human-rights groups allege “death squads” under his control were responsible for hundreds of extrajudicial executions. This article is published in partnership with Time.com. The original version can be found here.