Philippines spokesman defends President for kissing married woman on lips

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday visited the headquarters of E-Mart Inc., South Korea's largest discount hypermarket chain, the retailer said.

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

A gathering of Filipino workers erupted in frenzy when the President planted a friendly kiss on the lips on a woman supporter onstage.

Duterte has fought publicly with powerful women who criticised his deadly narcotics crackdown and human rights record.

Duterte's controversial remarks about women include several public jokes about rape.

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Although both parties - the president and Filipina Bea Kim - claimed that there was no malice in the kiss they shared, Deinla insisted that the act was "inappropriate and immoral".

Anna Pinili, a churchgoer who considers herself a devout catholic, said Duterte had good intentions, but could have handled it better. "It's just for fun, a gimmick", Duterte later told the crowd, who mostly shrieked in apparent approval. Come here, " the 73-year-old Duterte said as he summoned the women to the stage.

Since being elected in mid-2016, Duterte has caused uproar for his comments on women, including rape jokes, boasting about adultery, shaming female critics and inciting soldiers to shoot female guerillas in the vagina.

"We agree to accelerate people-to-people exchanges along with various cultural cooperation projects", President Moon said.

Women's groups and opposition lawmakers accused Duterte of abusing his position and misogyny following the latest incident, as footage of the kiss spread on social media. He also mentioned that the kiss was "what makes the President popular among our people".

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Kim would later reveal that she was "nervous, excited, and scared" before the kiss, especially since her husband was sitting in front of the stage.

Duterte then leaned in and kissed the visibly overwhelmed woman, who screamed in joy and covered her face.

"Don't take that seriously, " Duterte later told the crowd.

He added that he expected his two daughters, one with his former wife and another with his current partner, to confront him about the incident.

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