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Remark on Leni’s legs an ‘icebreaker’ – Duterte

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No apologies. There was nothing inappropriate or sexist in admiring the beauty of Vice President Lent Robredo, President Duterte declared on Wednesday.

The President blew his top over criticisms about his recent advances towards Robredo, blaming the media anew for making a big deal about the issue.

“I said she was wearing a skirt, her tuhod was walang ano… Sabi ko hindi nag-sisimba ito. It is appropriate. As a matter of fact, it is good,” Duterte said in a press conference before leaving for Thailand and Malaysia.

“So what’s the problem there? Why an issue? Sexist? Nandiyan na naman ‘yung media. Anong sabihin ko? Totoo naman,” he said, losing his patience.

At the third commemorative rites of the Yolanda tragedy in Tacloban last Tuesday, the President teased Robredo about her love life, particularly asking if rumors about a boyfriend were true. Duterte also shared a story about staring at the knees of Robredo whenever she wears short dresses during Cabinet meetings.

Robredo, who attended the Yolanda ceremony, merely smiled when the President shared these light moments.

The following day, the Vice President said “tasteless remarks and inappropriate advances against women” have no place in society.

When informed about Robredo’s reaction, the President became annoyed and explained he was merely trying to “lighten the moment” during the Yolanda ceremony.

“It is necessary to make people laugh, for them to enjoy the occasion, kasi galit ako. I was angry yesterday,” he said about the slow pace of rehabilitation efforts in Yolanda-hit communities.

In the end, the President could not care less if he is viewed as rude by some people. “You want to depict me as bastos? You can have your day,” he said.

But he said his critics should not impose any behavior standards for him, insisting that “I will do what I say and I say what I do.” He said they should also “not cast aspersions” since as a politician, he often uses levity especially after getting mad at a situation.

The President went on to criticize the media for making a “big issue” about his comments about Robredo’s body. “Is that the trivialities of media? It’s so trivial,” he said.

He then advised the press to focus on “important matters” next time. (GENALYN D. KABILING)

comments
  • Jaikah ludovice

    huwag tyo mag-alala at magiging maayos ang laht sa kamay ng pangulo hindi naman ya tayo iiwan!

  • Unice_cute

    ang mgandang pagbabago ng isang bansa ay naguumpisa sa pagkakaisa kaya dapt na magkaisa tyo na suporthan ang pangulo.

  • John Puruntong

    Ungas yung reporter na nagtanong kay Duterte eh. Gusto nyang ibulgar ang parang pangbabastos umano ng Presidente, eh barado naman at pinahiya pa yang reporter ng Inquirer. hahahaha hindot kang reporter ka !!!

  • steve garcia

    kilala na ng V-Leni ugali ni pdu30 kya hindi na sa kanya big deal yan

  • Donita Myth

    para lng namn yan sa atin wala naman ata na masama kung suportahan nalng natin ang pangulo natin para sa ikauunlad ng bansa!

  • Tin_arispe__handsome

    bupols kasi ng leadr niyo

    • jOEberT

      mas bupol kang adik ka….lumayas ka sa pinas kung gusto mo sa us ka tumira….handsome ka pang ulol ka tarantado baka mas gwapo ako sa iyo sa personal

  • Tina Marbella

    hindi naman kailangan na magkagulo tyo ang kailangan lang namn ay pagkakaisa at matatag na trust sa president natin.

    • jOEberT

      agree ako maam tumpak ka

  • A_C

    alam nmn ni V-Leni na binibiro lang sya ng pdu30 at kilala nman nya ang ugali nito
    noon pa

    • jOEberT

      tama ka maam agree ako sa u lalo na kasing ganda mo si VP robredo

  • james mesias

    bastos na tao kasi si dugong.

    • John Puruntong

      yellowtard spotted, 10 o’clock !!!

    • jOEberT

      doon kayo sa disenteng presidente pero super magnanakaw naman….disente nga panlabas lang sa loob manyakis rin…mga gunggang plastik.

    • jOEberT

      hoy bakla baka gusto mo bakla ring katulad mo ang presidente, big deal ba ang pansinin ang legs ni VP robredo kung ayaw niya mapansin ang legs di mag pantalon siya…..gung-gung kang bakla ka

  • kapuh

    Duh!! —> its the appropriateness of the Position you represent!!!

  • clever

    hindi pa kayo nasanay sa mga biro ng ating pangulo.

    • alyssa

      gnyan talaga ang mga naninira ky digong simpleng issue pinapa laki.

  • gerard almazar

    hindi magtatagumpay ang gustong sumira sa ating leader.