Duterte slammed for kissing Filipina before huge audience

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out at his critics in the past often using less-than-parliamentary languageMore

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has lashed out at his critics in the past often using less-than-parliamentary languageMore

"It was a despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority", she said in a comment to local media.

"Gabriela views President Duterte's recent kissing of a migrant Filipina during his meet-and-greet with Filipino OFWs in South Korea as the disgusting theatrics of a misogynist president who feels entitled to demean, humiliate, or disrespect women according to his whim", said the party in a statement on Monday, June 4. When Duterte asked if she can explain to her husband that the antic was just a joke, and she said yes, the president leaned in and kissed her as thousands erupted in cheers. "But you can tell him that this is just a joke?"

During the appearance late Sunday in front of a mostly Filipino crowd, Duterte called the woman onstage and pointed to his lips. She appeared shy, laughing at the request, but eventually getting close enough for him to move in and plant a kiss on her mouth. During the event, he invited the woman onto stage and presented her with a book.

"What occurred to me was they gang-raped her", he said then.

"They should be able to criticise Duterte's inappropriate and wrongful actions, because when people start tolerating a leader's offenses, it becomes blind fanaticism".

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".

Duterte was reportedly in South Korea for a series of meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to boost cooperation in the fields of transportation, economics, and trade, renewable energy, technology, and infrastructure.

"President Duterte acted like a feudal king who thinks that being the president is an entitlement to do anything that he pleases", said Sen. Duterte later apologized for the comments, then retracted his apology. "His repeated acts of machismo is meant as entertainment to hide the reality of his rapidly slipping popularity".

Duterte however first asked the lady if she was single and found out she has a boyfriend.

Her dismissal is sending a chilling message to other supreme court judges and members of the judiciary, Diego García-Sayán, special U.N rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, said on Friday.

Earlier this year, he told Filipino soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the vagina. They say postings on platforms like Facebook and Twitter spin an inaccurate, glowing image of the president.

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