President Rodrigo Duterte drew sharp criticisms on Monday (June 4) from women’s groups after he kissed on the lips a married woman onstage during a public engagement in Seoul.
The left-leaning political party Gabriela called the act the “disgusting theatrics of a misogynist president who feels entitled to demean, humiliate or disrespect women according to his whim”.
In the incident on Sunday, Mr Duterte called a woman on stage as he was wrapping up a speech before Filipinos living in the South Korean capital. . He then offered to give her a signed copy of a book he often brandished when criticising the Catholic church, in exchange for a kiss. Read more