Duterte kiss with married Pinay 'normalizes misogyny, sexism': Sereno camp
MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte's kiss to a married Filipina in Seoul exemplifies behavior that emboldens sex offenders and normalizes misogyny, the spokesperson of ousted Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno said Wednesday.
The woman was "under duress" to kiss the 73-year-old President because it occurred in an official function, where the crowd was cheering her on, said Sereno aide Atty. Josalee Deinla.
"What the President did was inappropriate, even immoral. This is the kind of behavior that encourages or emboldens sex offenders; normalizes misogyny, sexism and gender discrimination," Deinla told ANC.
"He has shown this kind of behavior against strong women because of the misogyny of this government. They cannot abide women who are strong and are speaking for themselves or fighting the oppressive status quo," she added.
Sereno "also cringed and deplored" the incident, said Deinla.
The lawyer urged the public to fight misogyny through the social media campaign #BabaeAko.
Malacañang had defended the kiss, saying it was accepted in Filipino culture and the woman involved found no malice in it.
Duterte himself said he and the woman both enjoyed the kiss and that he would not have made the gesture in public if there was malice in it.
Duterte has been called out for derogatory remarks against women, including a statement that female rebels should be shot in the genitals.
The President has a longtime partner, Honeylet Avanceña, with whom he has a teenage daughter, Kitty Duterte.
He has 3 other children -- Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte, former Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and Sebastian "Baste" Duterte -- with his former wife, Elizabeth Zimmerman.