Sunday, 21 October, 2018

Duterte pledges to resign...if every woman wants him to

Duterte pledges to resign...if every woman wants him to Duterte pledges to resign...if every woman wants him to
Patty Aguilar | 08 June, 2018, 15:45

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has sparked outrage after he kissed a Filipino woman onstage during a visit to South Korea on Sunday.

"For those offices na hindi talaga ma-control (which are really beyond control), I will place you under the OP (Office of the President). Ako na mismo ang karahap mo araw-araw (You'll face me directly every day)", he said early Wednesday, June 6.

Social media was abuzz with photos and videos of Duterte on stage asking an unidentified woman from an audience of Filipinos to kiss him in exchange for a book he was handing out. "It's just to give people fun".

But women's group Gabriela said the action was a clear display of Duterte's display of power, and a "disgusting theatrics of a misogynist president who feels entitled to demean, humiliate or disrespect women according to his whim".

The state-run Philippine News Agency identified the woman as Bea Kim and posted a short video interview with her on its Facebook page.

Women's rights advocates in the Philippines have launched an online #BabaeAko (I Am A Woman) campaign to object to Duterte's "sexist" statements.

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Duterte's controversial remarks about women include numerous jokes about rape and have incensed activists and foreigners, most notably, Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of former U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Duterte has made a number of derogatory comments about women in the past, including rape jokes and calling for women guerrillas to be shot in the genitals.

"Lady involved also said there's no malice in the kiss", Roque said in a message to reporters. There is nothing wrong in a simple kiss - you cause an uproar.

The woman was just one of the estimated 68,000 Filipinos working and living in South Korea, many of them students and professionals and spouses of Korean nationals.

President Rodrigo Duterte's decision to take commercial flights would be the new norm for presidential travels, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Roque noted that the President has invited Korea to invest in the government's "Build, Build, Build" program, a massive project to modernize the country's roads, railways, bridges, airports, and other infrastructure projects.

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