Cheers, disgust as Duterte plants kiss on worker's lips

Aaron Brown
June 5, 2018

The conservative newspaper Chosun Ilbo noted that South Korea's government indicated Duterte's visit is strictly business and sent the head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration instead of a senior diplomat to welcome the Philippines president at the airport to send a clear message to that effect.

Sen. Risa Hontiveros said in a statement that it was "a despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority".

"Well, this 4.9 billion worth of investments and thousands of new jobs, and one billion dollars in ODA - that (the kiss) possibly can't overshadow the harvest of the President on this trip", he said.

Making the rounds also on social media was a spoof photo of the same kiss, but with the woman replaced by superimposed image of Chinese President Xi Jinping, in an attempt to poke fun at Duterte's high regard for his Chinese counterpart. "I assure you, for me and even the President, there was no malice in the kiss".

But the women's rights political party Gabriela in a statement denounced Duterte for his "perverted way of getting back at his women critics". "Come here", the 73-year-old Duterte said as he summoned the women to the stage.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told a U.N human rights expert who said the country's judicial independence was under threat to "go to hell", warning against interference in domestic affairs.

"I assure you, for me and even the President, there was no malice in the kiss", she said.

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President Moon Jae-in was set to hold a summit with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday to discuss ways to bolster economic and other cooperation between the two countries.

"Don't take that seriously", Duterte later told the crowd. "His repeated acts of machismo is meant as entertainment to hide the reality of his rapidly slipping popularity".

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 angry because she was raped". He kissed one of them on the cheek, but asked for a kiss on the lips from the other.

Sereno, the first chief justice to be removed by her peers, had voted against several of the Duterte's proposals including the extension of martial rule in the volatile southern Philippines.

Earlier this year, he told Filipino soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the vagina.

"Make him jealous", the President said.

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