Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Kissed a Married Woman on the Lips
(MANILA, Philippines) â" Philippine President Rodrigo Duterteâs mouth has landed him in hot water again, this time for kissing a married woman on the lips in front of thousands of his cheering supporters.
Duterte, known for his verbal outbursts and other antics, is being slammed by critics for the kiss, which took place Sunday during a town hall-style meeting with overseas Filipino workers in South Korea. One senator called the act âa despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority.â
Duterte sought a kiss from the woman after he called her on stage to give her a copy of a book at the event in Seoul. 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.
The scene was beamed live by the state-run TV network to the Philippines.
While the woman has defended the kiss and said she was thrilled by her encounter, others said the president went too far.
âPresident Duterte acted like a feudal king who thinks that being the president is an entitlement to do anything that he pleases,â said Sen. Risa Hontiveros, who asked the public not to pass judgment on the woman. âEven if the act was consensual, it was the president, possessed of awesome, even intimidating, power, who initiated it.â
The left-wing Gabriela womenâs party condemned Duterteâs act, which it said underscored his âmachismo and misogyny.â The âmacho spectacle,â it said, âalarmingly makes sexual advances against women look right.â
Aside from growing alarm over his bloody crackdown against illegal drugs which has left thousands of mostly poor drug suspects dead, Duterte has come under fire from womenâs groups for sexist remarks, including one where he told troops to shoot female insurgents in the genitals during a public outburst against communist guerrillas.
He has also publicly kissed women in the past, included at rallies during his campaign for the presidency.
The latest incident came near the end of a two-hour rambling speech, when Duterte offered the crowd a book about alleged corruption and abuse in the Catholic church. He pointed at two women.
âThereâs payment for this, a kiss. You in white, are you ready to engage in kissing? Come here,â the 73-year-old Duterte said as summoned the women to the stage.
One of the women gave the president a peck on the cheek. The other woman reached for the presidentâs hand and put it on her forehead in a traditional gesture of respect for an elderly. But the president asked her to come closer for a kiss, pointing to his lips.
Amid the roar of the crowd, Duterte asked the woman was married and if her husband was around. He inquired if she could explain to her husband that what they were about to do was just a joke.
She said her husband wasnât around and replied yes to the presidentâs other question.
âMake him jealous,â the president said.
Duterte then leaned in and kissed the visibly overwhelmed woman, who screamed in joy and covered her face. He then hugged her.
â Donât take that seriously,â Duterte later told the crowd. âItâs just to give people fun.â
The woman, who is married to a South Korean and has two daughters, later said in a TV interview that she was thrilled by her face-to-face encounter with the president. She said there was âno maliceâ in the presidential kiss, which was meant to dazzle the crowd.Source: Google News Philippines | Netizen 24 Philippines