Duterte’s meeting with Filipinos in Korea sealed ‘with a kiss’

Duterte’s previous comments on women including rape jokes have resulted in angry charges of misogyny against him

Duterte’s previous comments on women including rape jokes have resulted in angry charges of misogyny against him

The incident took place on Sunday in the South Korean capital during the first day of his three-day official visit.

A Filipino woman working in South Korea made global headlines over the weekend after she was kissed on the lips by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

Meanwhile, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros stated that even if the kissing incident was consensual, "it was not a meeting of two consenting individuals on equal terms".

Mr Duterte called the woman on stage and convinced her to kiss him as the audience cheered. You in white, are you ready to engage in kissing?

"Gabriela views President Duterte's recent kissing of a migrant Filipina during his meet-and-greet with Filipino (workers).as the disgusting theatrics of a misogynist president who feels entitled to demean, humiliate or disrespect women according to his whim", it added. Asked by the President if it 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.

He said most companies avoid investing in the Philippines because of rampant crime. "I will make radical changes in the days to come", Duterte said at a news conference.

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President Duterte, 73, had offered the crowd a book about corruption and abuse in the Catholic Church when he called two women up on stage.

The women were visibly star struck standing next to Duterte.

Aside from growing alarm over his bloody crackdown against illegal drugs which has left thousands of mostly poor drug suspects dead, Duterte has come under fire from women's groups for sexist remarks, including one where he told troops to shoot female insurgents in the genitals during a public outburst against communist guerrillas.

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.

She then reiterated that the kiss was just made for fun and had "no meaning".

The presidential palace defended the kiss saying there was "no malice" in his actions and the recipient was "honoured".

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