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US News Philippines leader defends onstage kiss: "We enjoyed it"

14:08  06 june  2018
14:08  06 june  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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FILE - In this Tuesday, June 5, 2018, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a South Korea-Philippines business forum and luncheon in Seoul, South Korea. Upon his return to the Philippines, Duterte has again threatened to resort to emergency power and use it © Catalyst Images FILE - In this Tuesday, June 5, 2018, file photo, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks during a South Korea-Philippines business forum and luncheon in Seoul, South Korea. Upon his return to the Philippines, Duterte has again threatened to resort to emergency power and use it "to the hilt" to deal with relentless criticisms over his human rights record, crimes and government wrongdoing despite his extra-tough approach to law and order. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File) MANILA, Philippines -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte brushed off claims of misogyny Wednesday after he kissed a Filipina woman on the lips onstage in Seoul -- saying they had both "enjoyed it." The 73-year-old grandfather had offered a free book in exchange for a kiss during a trip to South Korea. He called a woman, Bea Kim, onto the platform during a speech on Sunday and pointed to his lips.

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She initially hesitated, saying she had a husband, but later offered no protest as Duterte kissed her on the lips while the mostly Filipino crowd cheered and shrieked in apparent approval.

"We enjoyed it. It was a showbiz (thing) and everybody enjoyed it," Duterte told reporters upon his arrival back in Manila.

"I do not do it in public if there is malice."


Duterte even said he was willing to step down over the issue if complaints mounted.

"I think if all women here would sign a petition for me to resign, I will resign."

Since being elected in mid-2016, Duterte has caused uproar for his comments on women, including rape jokes, boasting about adultery, shaming female critics and inciting soldiers to shoot female guerillas in the vagina.

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"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". Joms Salvador, secretary general of Filipino women's rights organization Gabriela, denounced the kiss as the "disgusting theatrics of a

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte, who is notorious for human-rights abuses, is being criticized for kissing a woman onstage during a South Korea event. Kim later told the Philippine News Agency, “There wasn’t malice in it .

Women's groups and opposition lawmakers accused Duterte of abusing his position and misogyny following the latest incident, as footage of the kiss spread on social media.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte kisses a Filipina woman during a live televised event in Seoul, South Korea.: rodrigo-duterte-kiss-screenshot.jpg © RAPPLER/YOUTUBE rodrigo-duterte-kiss-screenshot.jpg The woman herself later told state-run Philippine media that there was "no malice" in the act, though Duterte critics said he had put her under pressure.

A defiant Duterte said the incident was "natural".

He said he had been kissing women on the lips in public for years, including when he was mayor of the southern city of Davao where he cast himself as a populist leader.

"That is my style. Find your own style. There is nothing wrong in a simple kiss -- you cause an uproar. They are just jealous," he said.

However the president, who has a daughter with his former wife and another with his current partner, said he expected them to confront him about the incident.

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“ It ’s doubtless you’ll well perchance hiss that it ’s unappropriate, nevertheless please don’t fetch up experiences because no person power the lady to kiss Duterte,” wrote one Twitter particular person, Giselle Estacio .

President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday told a United Nations rights expert to "go to hell" over criticism of the Philippine leader for threatening the country's top judge. But others criticized Duterte's behavior, calling it inappropriate and misogynistic.

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Duterte, who once used profanity to describe former U.S. President Barak Obama and had tense relations with the U.S. during Obama's two terms, has had far more cordial relations with President Trump, who has spoken of their "great relationship."

Duterte has also led a vicious crackdown on drug users and traffickers in his country. While rights groups have condemned him for backing extrajudicial killings, he has been lauded by his supporters for his firm stance on crime.

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