After Seoul kiss, Duterte expects to be scolded by daughters

A DAUGHTER'S TAKE. President Rodrigo Duterte expects Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte Carpio to have something to say about his kissing a married Filipina in South Korea.

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While he made fun of those outraged over his act of kissing a married Filipina in Seoul, President Rodrigo Duterte dreads facing his daughters, knowing they will have a mouthful to say about it.

"Eh ‘yung isang anak ko ‘yun talaga selosa ‘yun (One of my children is really the jealous type). Baka (Maybe) she will put me to task. I expect my second daughter to say something about it in front of me," Duterte said on Wednesday morning, June 6.

He had been asked about the strong reactions to the kiss during a press briefing held upon his arrival from South Korea.

Duterte has two daughters – Sara or "Inday", the mayor of Davao City and his daughter with former wife Elizabeth Zimmerman; and Veronica or "Kitty", his teenage daughter with longtime partner Honeylet Avanceña.

The tough-talking President is so anxious about his daughters' reaction that he would rather stay in Metro Manila first and let things "cool off".

"Kaya ayaw ko munang umuwi eh. Pakalmahin muna natin kasi... Pa-cool off muna ako dito ng ilang araw sa Maynila," he said.

(That's why I don't want to go home yet. Let's let things calm down first....I'll cool off first for a few days here in Manila.)

While he anticipates his daughters' fury, he made no mention of Honeylet. He appeared not to hear a reporter's question about Honeylet's reaction to his kiss.

Duterte then dished out some parental advice, saying fathers would do well not to draw their daughters' ire.

"Alam mo, hindi tayo puwedeng makipag-away [sa] anak na babae. We fathers, we cannot afford it to – so every time a daughter comments, medyo ‘yung lalaki pa, pero ‘yung mga babae, hindi ko – lalo na si Inday. Hindi ko talaga kaya," he said.

(You know, we cannot fight with our daughters. We fathers, we cannot afford it to – so every time a daughter comments, if it's the son it's okay, but if it's the girls, I can't – especially Inday, I can't do it.)

Earlier in his speech, Duterte dismissed the controversial kiss as "showbiz" and said critics of the act are "just jealous".

Duterte expecting his own daughters’ disapproval of his kiss goes against Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque’s assertion that most Filipinos found it acceptable.

"I believe that an overwhelming majority of Filipinos continue to support the President and found the kiss a light moment that is very accepted in the culture of Filipinos," Roque said on Monday. –

Pia Ranada

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