U.S. Secretary of State clobbers PH President in TV series; govt slams portrayal

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The government has strongly objected to the "highly negative depiction" of the Philippine president in a U.S. TV show.

In the hit series "Madam Secretary," U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord clobbered the "Philippines' unconventional new president" when he made a pass at her, leaving his face bloodied.

The Philippine president named Datu Andrada, played by Joel de la Fuente, tried to touch the backside of the secretary of state (Téa Leoni) during a meeting to discuss his refusal to join an Asia-Pacific treaty.

"When a foreign leader crosses the line, the secretary of state is forced into a break in diplomacy," the trailer voice over read.

The trailer was for the "Break In Diplomacy" episode of the drama series.

'Portrayal casts doubt' on president

The Philippine embassy in Washington D.C. reacted to the negative portrayal of the counry's president. In a Facebook status posted on Tuesday, it said that although the show is fictional, its premise mirrors current events.

"It is, therefore, inevitable that its depiction of world leaders will have an impact on how its audience views the real personages and the countries they represent," the embassy statement said.

It added the episode not only casts doubt on the president's respectability, it also "denigrates the way our nation navigates foreign affairs."

The embassy said the depiction of the president tarnishes the Philippines' longstanding advocacy for women's rights and gender equality.

It called on CBS, where the show airs, to take necessary corrective action.

The 15th episode in the third season of "Madam Secretary" is set to air on March 12th in the United States.