Duterte slammed for kissing woman during televised event

05 June, 2018, 04:52 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte sparks outrage by kissing woman on stage in South Korea

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn sharp condemnation from politicians and women's rights activists, after he asked a woman to kiss him on the lips, as hundreds of his supporters watched and shrieked during a public event in South Korea.

Opposition Sen. Risa Hontiveros said that even though the kiss was consensual, it was a "grave abuse of authority".

The firebrand leader, known for his expletive-filled rants and bloody war on drugs, apparently attempted to show his more charming side during an event with overseas workers when he called two young women onto the stage to receive a copy of a book. Duterte was heard telling the woman before kissing her on the lips and embracing her after. "It's just for fun, a gimmick", Duterte later told the crowd, who mostly shrieked in apparent approval. "But you can tell him that this is just a joke?".

He leaned in and kissed her on the mouth.

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The 73-year-old, who has been labelled a misogynist by his critics, has made numerous controversial remarks about women, including jokes about rape.

Duterte has previously been accused of making misogynistic comments.

You in white, are you ready to engage in kissing?

Kim then proceeded to kiss Duterte on the lips.

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Duterte's latest profanity-laced diatribe came after Diego Garcia-Sayan, the United Nations special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, said the president's statements against former chief justice Maria Lourdes Sereno were a "vicious attack" on the judiciary.

"His repeated acts of machismo is meant as entertainment to hide the reality of his rapidly slipping popularity", Joms Salvador, Gabriela's Secretary General said, listing the issues Duterte is facing, including the extra-judicial killings and corruption allegations against government ministers.

She said that there was "no malice" in the kiss, adding that the incident didn't "mean anything except to entertain and make other Filipinos in the gathering happy".

State-run Philippine News Agency identified the woman as Bea Kim and posted a brief video interview with her on its Facebook page. I was mad she was raped, but she was so lovely. "That's one thing. But she was so handsome, the mayor should have been first, what a waste", said Duterte.

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In February this year he told a local audience foreign women did not attract him because they have a "queer odour" unlike Filipinas who were "fragrant".

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