MALACAÑANG on Monday, June 4, defended President Rodrigo Duterte after drawing flak for kissing a married Filipino woman in Korea, describing the President's gesture as a mere "playful act" that is "very (much) accepted in the culture of Filipinos."
Duterte earned criticisms when he kissed an overseas Filipino worker (OFW), identified by state-run Philippine News Agency (PNA) as Bea Kim , during his meeting with the Filipino community in Seoul, Korea on Sunday, June 3.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the Filipino community - Part 3
Part III President Rodrigo Roa Duterte meets with the Filipino community in South Korea on the 1st day of his Official Visit to the Republic of Korea on June 3, 2018. A crowd of more than 2,000 Filipinos are expected to meet and greet the President. There are about 66,000 Filipinos working and residing in South Korea. #DuterteKorea2018 #ComfortableLifeForAll #PartnerForChangePosted by Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines) on Sunday, June 3, 2018