Duterte kisses Filipinas in Japan as his partner looks on

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, May 30) — A speech sealed with kisses.

President Rodrigo Duterte concluded his speech on Thursday before the Filipino community in Japan by inviting women on stage to kiss him. Coincidentally, his longtime partner, Honeylet Avanceña was also with them onstage.

The first four women who went up all had similar features — slender bodies, pale skin, and long, silky hair.

The President had his requirements. "Unang-una wala kang asawa, ha? Pangalawa, hindi ka menor di edad. Ikaw, ma'am, mag-smooch ka," Duterte said, smacking his lips.

[Translation: First, you shouldn't be married, okay? Second, you're not a minor. You, ma'am, you want a smooch?]

He then called to four women in the audience.

"Silang apat. Halika na. Pasudla na, sige na pasudla na," Duterte called, prompting Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo to stand up and film the President as he went through all the women.

[Translation: Those four. Come here. Let them in, come on, let them in.]

Senator-elect Bong Go also watched stoically, while Presidential Spokesperson Sal Panelo filmed the scene with his smartphone.

The first woman giddily hesitated whether to kiss the President on the lips (as he did with the woman in Korea last year) or on the cheek, and opted for the latter. She left the stage immediately after the kiss.

The second woman appeared overwhelmed and close to tears at the opportunity, introducing herself as someone from Davao. She thanked him after the brief kiss on the cheek and went down.

"Siya [Her]," Duterte pointed to the third woman, who went on stage after she was called. She had pressed her lips tightly as she presented her cheek. They took a photo together, with Duterte holding her hand.

The fourth woman also presented her cheek. Duterte held on to her wrist as the press took photos.

"O ang mga byuda naman," Duterte said after, much to the applause of Acting Information and Communications Technology Secretary Eliseo Rio.

[Translation: O, now let's get the widows.]

One woman stood up for a kiss on the cheek. She kept bowing and thanking the President.

Duterte asked if more women want to kiss him, but no one else was called on stage.

The President has made no secret of his penchant for women, often calling it his "weakness."

During his speech, Duterte said that beautiful women helped him "get cured" from being "gay," afterwards lambasting his critic Senator Antonio Trillanes for allegedly being a homosexual.

In the same speech, Duterte professed his love for Avanceña, referring to her as his "one and only." The two met in 1998 when she was a runner-up of Mutya ng Dabaw and he was a first-term mayor of Davao City. Before they got together, he was married to Elizabeth Zimmerman — the mother of his children Sara, Paolo, and Baste.

He recalled how he asked her to return to the Philippines from the U.S. where she was working, when they found out she was pregnant with Veronica.

"Sabi ko, 'Umuwi ka na dito.' No guarantees anong titulo mo, pero hindi ko man masabi na it’s really a destiny maging First Lady ka ng bayang Pilipino," he said.

[Translation: I said, "You should come home. I cannot guarantee the title, but I couldn' say if it's really her destiny to be the First Lady of the Philippines.]