By Genalyn Kabiling
SEOUL – An overseas Filipina worker got a rare kiss on the lips from President Duterte in a light moment during his visit here.
A gathering of Filipino workers erupted in frenzy when the President planted a friendly kiss on the lips on one of the women onstage. The unidentified lady was one of two the recipients of the President’s free copy of the “Altar of Secrets” book during the meeting with the Filipino community at the Grand Hilton Hotel here.
Duterte initially offered to give the book, which tells the tales of alleged abuses of the Filipino clergy, to a select member of the audience and then invited two women to come up the stage. He gave the book but jokingly asked for a kiss from the two ladies.
The first lady bussed the President on the cheek while the second lady agreed to be kissed on the lips. The crowd was loudly teasing the President and the lady to seal it with a kiss already.
Duterte however first asked the lady if she was single and found out she was married. Asked by the President if was okay to give her a friendly kiss on the lips, the lady, looking excited to be up close and personal with Duterte, eventually agreed.
The smack on the lips sparked applause and laughter from the crowd towards the end of the President’s speech. The President then gave the lady a friendly hug before she left the stage.
Prior to the kissing incident, the President was delivering a long speech tackling various topics from mining, corruption, war on drugs to the alleged abuses in the Catholic Church.
Dismayed by the alleged sexual abuses involving some bishops, Duterte said he was building his own church called “Iglesia ni Rodrigo.” He said the only policy of his church was to “make yourself happy.”
“You only live once,” he told around 2,000 Filipino workers gathered at the convention center. “Pursue your dreams,” he said, before concluding his rambling speech.