Published: Mon, June 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Filipinos criticise Duterte for kissing woman on her lips at Seoul

Filipinos criticise Duterte for kissing woman on her lips at Seoul

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte asked a woman to kiss him on the lips while the two were on stage at an event in Seoul, South Korea, on Sunday.

Many Filipinos, however, thought it was a harmless kiss meant to be fun. Asked by the President was okay to give her a friendly kiss on the lips, the lady, looking excited to be up close and personal with Duterte, eventually agreed.

Dominguez, in a text message to ABS-CBN News, said the commitment was made during the bilateral meeting Monday afternoon between President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, at the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) in Seoul.

In this November 13, 2017 photo, President Moon Jae-in speaks with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte in Manila, the Philippines. He later kissed a woman on the lips as the event was wrapping up. "It's just to give people fun".

In this case, the unidentified woman told the state-run Philippine News Agency in an interview that "there was no malice" to what the president did.

"I was angry because she was raped", he said. "I told him I am married to a Korean", Kim added.

"No men, the price for this is a kiss", he said, while calling out to a woman in white from the cheering crowd, "Are you ready to kiss?"

Duterte remarked that the country's judicial independence was under threat of outside forces following the Supreme Court's dismissal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who the president views as an "enemy". But none have dented the hugely popular leader's domestic support.

OFWs I've spoken with say they like Mr Duterte because he projects a strong, assertive image of the Philippines; a father figure to look after the country and its children while they are working overseas.

"The fact that you thought that kissing the woman would entertain people.that's something really sick". One senator called the act "a despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority".

Anna Pinili, a churchgoer who considers herself a devout Catholic, said Mr Duterte had good intentions but could have handled it better.

"It is unfortunate that the woman found it her obligation to publicly defend the act as 'no malice, ' when it is the President who is duty-bound to explain not only because it was upon his prodding but he is bound, as a public official, by rules of ethics to explain his unruly conduct", Salvador wrote in a Monday statement. The footage didn't actually show the kiss, as the camera moved away from the stage just as the president approached the woman, and focused on the audience's reaction-mostly smiles and cheers.

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