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VIDEO: Ramon Bautista calls Davaoeños 'hipon', earns mixed reactions



Manila, Philippines - Comedian-endorser Ramon Bautista is now the subject of online conversations after the controversial 'hipon' joke during the Kadayawan Festival in Davao City last Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Ramon Bautista 'hipon' makeup transformation
Ramon Bautista 'hipon' makeup transformation | Credit: @EnzoBradLee on Twitter

Bautista has offended Davao officials after he said the city has plenty of sexy but ugly women or known as 'hipon' in local slang.

"Ang daming hipon dito sa Davao, alright, 'hipon, hipon.' ... When I say 'hi,' you say 'pon,'" Bautista joked.

WATCH: Ramon Bautista apologizes for 'hipon' joke in Davao City (video):

Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte and former mayor Sara Duterte who were present at the event were insulted on Bautista's line. Paolo Duterte immediately talked to the comedian backstage and requested the comedian to apologize publicly.

"I am here to say my apologies because sinabi ko na maraming hipon dito. Nahihiya ako sa inyo because you welcomed me in your beautiful city. Nandito po ako lagi at nage-enjoy po ako dito. Para masabi ko ang mga bagay na 'yon na marami sa inyo ang na-offend, I say my sincerest apologies. Sana po ay matanggap niyo," Bautista said.

"Nandito po ako makisaya sa Kadayawan Festival at para maging enjoyable ang gabi ito from the bottom of my heart, sobrang nahihiya po ako sa inyong lahat. Sana ay mapatawad po niyo ako. Mahal ko po kayong lahat. Maraming salamat po. Sana mag-enjoy po tayo. Again, my sincerest apologies. I love you all. Party, party tayo," added Bautista, who was booed by the crowd.

WATCH: Ramon Bautista apologized before the event ends (video)

Meanwhile, Sara Duterte encouraged the the council to declare Bautista persona non grata.

“Attended this Kadayawan Invasion and heard this (Ramon Bautista) guy say ‘hipon’ ang mga babae sa Davao. Pila sa ako mga fb friends ang konsehal.. if you do not call out this guy as a persona non grata, your doing a disservice to women all over!! Ramon Bautista, bisita ka lang, gumalang ka!”

A resolution was approved by the city council on Tuesday declaring Ramon Bautista as persona non grata to make him “understand that as a visitor he should be mindful of decency and propriety.”

Resolution declares Bautista as persona non grata in Davao
Resolution declares Bautista as persona non grata in Davao | Credit: ANC

On Twitter, Bautista also issued his sincerest apoplogy and it says: "I respect the decision of the Davao officials, and I will abide by it."

The incident earned mixed reactions from netizens including celebrities, here are some of the tweets: