Video Of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Kissing A Woman On The Lips Is So Awkward


During a visit to Seoul this past weekend, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte kissed a woman on stage, stirring controversy around the globe. Video of the kiss suggests that it was all spontaneous, but critics have argued that the president abused the power of his position and coerced the woman into going along with his request for a public display of affection.

Duterte was speaking at an event pegged to Filipino workers when he invited two women on stage to receive free copies of a book, The Washington Post reports. Duterte kissed the first woman on the cheek, but when the second woman, later identified as Bea Kim, approached him, he requested that they go further.

The video shows that Kim initially pulls away from Duterte after he appears to suggest that they kiss on the lips. According to a transcript quoted by the Post, Duterte asked Kim if she was single, and Kim responded that she was married to a South Korean man.

"You're not separated from him?" Duterte asked. "But can you tell him that this is just a joke?"

The video then shows Kim appears to lean in, and the two quickly kiss on the mouth. Kim laughs loudly, the two hug, and she swiftly exits the stage.

"The kiss doesn’t mean anything except to entertain and make other Filipinos in the gathering happy," Kim later told the state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA). "I assure you, for me and even the president, there was no malice in the kiss."

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