MANILA, Philippines – Did President Rodrigo Duterte bring his slimy rhetoric to a whole other level?
In his speech at the MassKara Festival in Bacolod City on Friday, October 26, Duterte challenged critics to spit on him should he ever contradict himself, but added an exception for beautiful women.
"Bastusin mo na ako pero 'pag babae ka na maganda at dinuraan mo ako, 'yung laway mo kunin ko (You can be rude to me, but if you're a beautiful woman who spits on me, I'll get your saliva)," he said.
He also continued with the spit imagery when he addressed the women who lambasted him for the kiss in South Korea. He said, "Hindi lang ninyo alam, loka-loka, kasi mga pangit kayo. Pati 'yung ngipin ninyo malalaki. Hindi ako maghalik sa inyo. Pero kung maghalik 'yung babae, kunin 'yung laway, ilagay ko sa dila ko, lapitan ko, sabi ko, 'Isauli ko sa iyo ang laway mo, dagdagan ko ng akin dahil maganda ka.'"
(You wouldn't know, you crazy women, because you're ugly. Your teeth are huge. I wouldn't kiss the lot of you. But if a [beautiful] woman kisses me, I'll get her saliva, I'll place it on my tongue, then I'll go to her and say, "Here's your saliva. I added my own, because you're beautiful.")
Reactions online ranged from exasperated to horrified.
Duterte's laway statement - Curated tweets by rapplerdotcom
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