Philippines' Duterte says will quit if enough women protest his kiss


PHILIPPINE President Rodrigo Duterte has drawn criticism for kissing an overseas Filipina worker on live television. "But can you tell him that this is just a joke?", Duterte was heard telling the woman before the kiss.

"Men in power should not use the same power to force himself on any woman", Tañada said.

The incident happened when the 73-year-old president invited two female audience members on stage and said that he would present them the book, "Altar of Secrets: Sex, Politics, and Money in the Philippine Catholic Church", in exchange for a kiss. "It's just to give people fun".

She added that the current administration "cannot abide women who are strong and are speaking up for themselves" because they are fighting the "oppressive status quo".

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.

"The signing of bilateral agreements promises not just a growth for our economies but also ushers in a new era of stronger cooperation and partnership", President Duterte said.

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Duterte is known for his off-the-cuff string of derogatory remarks that have flagged concern with women's rights activists.

Duterte's previous comments on women, including rape jokes and incitations to shoot women guerrillas in the vagina have resulted in angry charges of misogyny against him. "Well I think if all women here would sign a petition for me to resign, I will resign", the president told a South Korean media briefing on Tuesday.

She said there was "no malice" in the presidential kiss, which was meant to dazzle the crowd.

"The fact that you thought that kissing the woman would entertain people.that's something really sick".

Duterte critic Senator Leila de Lima is behind bars on charges she insists are politically motivated after battling with the president. "I will make radical changes in the days to come", Duterte said in a news conference shortly after he arrived from Seoul for an official visit.

The woman, who is married to a South Korean and has two daughters, later said in a TV interview that she was thrilled by her face-to-face encounter with the president.