Philippines Duterte tells U.N. human rights expert: 'Go to hell'

She later told Radio Television Malacanang, "The kiss doesn't mean anything except to entertain and make other Filipinos in the gathering happy".

"The use of such derogatory language. sends a clear message to all judges of the Philippines: in the so-called "war on drugs", you're either with me or against me", Garcia-Sayan said.

He described the kiss as the "disgusting theatrics of a misogynist President who feels entitled to demean, humiliate or disrespect women according to his whim". She said she thought the Western media were biased against the president and didn't report news about him accurately.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has told a U.N human rights expert who said the country's judicial independence was under threat to "go to hell", warning against interference in domestic affairs.

The woman - identified as Bea Kim - was later quoted by the Philippine News Agency as saying that the president had asked if she was single, to which she responded that she was married to a Korean.

"President Duterte acted like a feudal king who thinks that being the President is an entitlement to do anything that he pleases", said Senator Risa Hontiveros, who asked the public not to pass judgement on the woman.

"They should be able to criticise Duterte's inappropriate and wrongful actions, because when people start tolerating a leader's offenses, it becomes blind fanaticism".

Mr Duterte has sparked outrage before with a string of comments seen as misogynistic. He also attracted criticism for lamenting during the 2016 Philippine presidential campaign that he did not have sex with a victim of gang rape while he was mayor of Davao City. But she was so lovely the mayor should have been first. "They raped her, they all lined up".

She said her husband wasn't around and replied yes to the President's other question. "So I think those kinds of achievements will be very hard to ignore", he added. Duterte later apologized for the comments, then retracted his apology.

The left-wing Gabriela women's party condemned Duterte's act, which it said underscored his "machismo and misogyny". He later said it was a joke. In February, he suggested shooting female militants "in their vaginas".

Duterte remarked that the country's judicial independence was under threat of outside forces following the Supreme Court's dismissal of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, who the president views as an "enemy".

  • Joey Payne