Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is under fire for planting a kiss on the lips of a Filipino woman during a live event. "It was a despicable display of sexism and grave abuse of authority", she said in a comment to local media.
During the appearance late Sunday in front of a mostly Filipino crowd, Duterte called the woman onstage and pointed to his lips. "I assure you, for me and even the President, there was no malice in the kiss".
"Even if the act was consensual, it was the president, possessed of awesome, even intimidating power, who initiated it", Hontiveros said in a statement sent to Al Jazeera.
The 73-year-old, who has been labelled a misogynist by his critics, has made numerous controversial remarks about women, including jokes about rape.
"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?"
"They should be able to criticise Duterte's inappropriate and wrongful actions, because when people start tolerating a leader's offenses, it becomes blind fanaticism".
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Duterte was reportedly in South Korea for a series of meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to boost cooperation in the fields of transportation, economics, and trade, renewable energy, technology, and infrastructure.
Kim then proceeded to kiss Duterte on the lips.
"His repeated acts of machismo are meant as entertainment to hide the reality of his rapidly slipping popularity due to the issues of extrajudicial killings, the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion law and big-time corruption scandals now plaguing his rule", it said in a statement on Monday.
She recalled telling that president that she is married to a Korean national, and that they have two children, adding that she agreed to the kiss to "amuse the audience". I was mad she was raped, but she was so lovely. In February, he suggested shooting female militants "in their vaginas".
Sereno's colleagues voted to remove her from office last month, shortly after Duterte openly called her his "enemy" and demanded her swift ouster.
"Make him jealous", the President said.