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    Duterte Tells Mayor He’d Hold On To Her Panty, Gets Slammed for 'Machismo'

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    The way the Philippine president complimented female beauty apparently did not sit well with a prominent women’s rights advocacy group which condemned his display of “machismo”.

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has once again demonstrated his uncanny ability to rile up people with controversial statements as he delivered a rather extravagant compliment to Tita Baja-Gallantes, mayor of the Garcia Hernandez municipality in the province of Bohol, during a campaign rally hosted by the latter.

    According to GMA News, the president said during his speech that he visited Bohol to "play the game of love", quipping about asking a former aide to take care of his wife while he was away,

    "I just talk like that but I’m just joking. And you are truly beautiful", Duterte said. "If it were me, why would I ever break up with you? I will really grab and hold on to your panty if you try to leave, even until the garter snaps. You’re just too beautiful".

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    The president’s conduct quickly earned him the scorn of a women’s rights advocacy group, the Gabriela Women's Party, which slammed his apparent display of "machismo".

    "We in Gabriela Women’s Party strongly condemn this sick and disgusting display of machismo, infidelity and ethical bankruptcy", the group said in a statement, as quoted by The Philippine Star.

    A number of social media users also condemned Mayor Baja-Gallantes for her behaviour during the event.

    ​In 2018, Duterte also found himself facing an avalanche of harsh criticism from human rights organisations and feminist movements after he ordered troops to shoot female rebels in their genitals to render them “useless”.

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