Friday, 16 November, 2018

Duterte promises to resign if women protest onstage kiss

President Duterte asked the woman to tell her husband that the kiss was a joke President Duterte asked the woman to tell her husband that the kiss was a jokeAP
Ellis Copeland | 08 June, 2018, 15:43

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's spokesman on Tuesday defended the 73-year-old leader from criticism after he kissed a married woman on the lips in front of thousands of cheering Filipinos in South Korea.

Activists labelled the move as "disgusting" and one senator called the act "a despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority".

"For those offices na hindi talaga ma-control (which are really beyond control), I will place you under the OP (Office of the President). Ako na mismo ang karahap mo araw-araw (You'll face me directly every day)", he said early Wednesday, June 6.

Duterte's controversial remarks about women include several public jokes about rape.

The state-run Philippine News Agency identified the woman as Bea Kim and posted a short video interview with her on its Facebook page.

The left-wing Gabriela women's party condemned Duterte's act, which it said underscored his "machismo and misogyny".

He said most companies avoid investing in the Philippines because of rampant crime.

But Duterte, before leaving for South Korea, said of the United Nations rapporteur: "I did not have anything to do with that".

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After giving each of them a copy of the book "Altar of Secrets: Sex, Politics, and Money in the Philippine Catholic Church", the president hugged the first woman and gave her a kiss on the cheek.

Duterte was heard telling the woman before kissing her on the lips and embracing her after.

She said her husband wasn't around and replied yes to the president's other question.

Duterte was in Seoul for a three-day official visit on the invitation of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, whom he would meet on Monday.

"What occurred to me was they gang-raped her", he said then. "It's just to give people fun".

Duterte, who has a daughter by his current partner after splitting from his wife, is wildly popular at home but has angered many Filipinos for his allegedly misogynistic comments.

Commenters also defined the stunt as Duterte's "perverted way" of taunting female critics who had been loudly protesting against him for making questionable comments of a sexual nature.

"There wasn't malice in it", Kim said in the video.

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