The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has told a crowd at an event in Japan that he had been “cured” of being gay by beautiful women.
Speaking to members of the country’s Filipino community in Tokyo, the controversial leader reportedly said he “became a man again” after meeting his first wife Elizabeth Zimmerman.
Mr Duterte attempted to mocked one of his strongest critics, Senator Antonio Trillanes IV, by implying he was gay.
Speaking to the Filipino community in Japan, Duterte 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.’ President Duterte was married to Elizabeth Zimmerman, 71, from 1973 until 2000 and they had two children together. During his outing in Japan, it was his long-term girlfriend Honeylet Avanceña, 49, who accompanied him to the event where he invited four women on stage to receive a kiss on the cheek.