The president of the Philippines told a crowd in Japan he used to be gay but was cured by ‘beautiful women’ – before inviting four women on stage to kiss him.
President Rodrigo Duterte, 74, began his speech on Thursday by telling the crowd his critic Senator Antonio Trillanes IV was ‘similar’ to him because they were both gay.
But, he said, he had actually been ‘cured’ by beautiful women and ‘became a man again’ when he married his first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, according to CNN Philipines.
Beginning his speech in front of the Filipino community in Japan he invited three attractive women standing at the side of the room to take empty seats at the front.
He went on to say someone gay had told him that based on the senator’s movements, his critic Trillanes is homosexual, Rappler reported.
‘I said, “Are you sure?” They said, “You ask any gay person who sees Trillanes move, they’ll say he’s gay.” No wonder. Good thing Trillanes and I are similar. But I cured myself,’ he said.
He added: ‘When I began a relationship with Zimmerman, I said, this is it. I became a man again.’
Elizabeth Zimmerman, 71, was married to President Duterte from 1973 until 2000 and they had two children together.
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