During an official visit to South Korea, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte demanded a kiss from a married woman in exchange for a book he was handing out.
Duterte has been criticized in the past for several controversial remarks about women, and the recent incident has only sparked further controversy.
I bet even Duterte wouldn't want to kiss Duterte.
— GOD'S PRINCESS PUNZALAN (@Punongbayan_) June 4, 2018
I personally try to stay away from politics in public. But wtf did President Duterte just do. Shameful. #ThatsOurPresident
— Jett Manuel (@_jettmanuel) June 4, 2018
It burns the eyeballs, it cannot be unseen, and it was done right behind the presidential seal.
— JC Punongbayan (@jcpunongbayan) June 3, 2018
Philippine Senator Risa Hontiveros has also condemned the President for the incident.
“That is no way for a so-called father of the nation to act.”
— ONE News PH (@onenewsph) June 4, 2018
The woman in question was identified as Bea Kim, a Filipino woman who is married to a Korean man & has lived in Korea for seven years.
“I think we kissed just for a twist, just to excite the audience… For me, for him, it didn’t mean anything.” — Bea Kim
Duterte, who is married himself, claimed the kiss to just be a “gimmick”.
“Don’t take it seriously. It’s just for fun, a gimmick.” — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte