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Tuesday 19 June 2018

‘Despicable’ Duterte kisses woman on lips in front of audience

The Philippine president sought a kiss after calling the woman on stage at a town hall-style meeting with Filipino workers in Seoul.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte leans in to kiss a worker at the podium during a town hall-style meeting in Seoul, South Korea (PTV via AP)
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte leans in to kiss a worker at the podium during a town hall-style meeting in Seoul, South Korea (PTV via AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

Critics have condemned the Philippine president for kissing a woman on the lips before thousands of cheering Filipino workers while on a visit to South Korea.

One senator called the act “a despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority”.

President Rodrigo Duterte sought a kiss from the Philippine woman after he called her on stage to give her a copy of a book at a town hall-style meeting with Filipino workers on Sunday in Seoul.

A despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority Philippine senator

When Mr Duterte asked if she could 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.

Mr Duterte told the crowd it was just for fun, but critics condemned what they said was his latest macho antic degrading women.

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