VIDEO: President-elect Duterte catcalls Mariz Umali during press conference

MANILA, Philippines - President-elect Rodrigo Duterte is once again embroiled in another controversy after catcalling GMA news reporter Mariz Umali during a press conference in Davao City on Tuesday, May 31.

President-elect Duterte catcalls Mariz Umali during press conference

When given the opportunity to ask Duterte a question, Umali said: “How will you deal with cabinet secretaries who are non-performing?”

But instead of answering Umali’s question, Duterte whistled and sang Anthony Castelo’s hit “Kaibigan.” A video of the incident has been making rounds on social media.

Duterte on wolf-whistling issue: “You cannot stop anybody from whistling”

While many netizens were irked by Duterte’s response to Umali’s question, the Kapuso reporter’s husband Raffy Tima, a news anchor and reporter at GMA News, expressed his dismay over Duterte catcalling his wife.

GMA News reporters Mariz Umali and Raffy Tima.
GMA News reporters Mariz Umali and Raffy Tima.
In his lengthy post on Facebook, on Wednesday June 1, Tima explained why catcalling his wife “is wrong in so many levels.”

According to Tima, he wasn’t shocked with Duterte’s action as he claims he knew the tough talking mayor’s reputation well enough. However, Tima stressed that it does not make Duterte’s action right.

“For someone who espouses leadership by example, catcalling anyone in a press conference with all cameras trained on him defies logic. Then again, thats Mayor Duterte,” he wrote.

Tima also revealed that he was appalled at the way some people in the room reacted.

“Most laughed, others made teasing noise and basically urged the mayor to dish some more! And he did. I do hope none of them were journalists because if they were, shame on them,” Tima added.

“Some jokes are funny and should be laughed at... but disrespecting women is definitely not one of them.”

Mariz Umali breaks her silence

In her interview with GMA’s State of the Nation, Umali admitted that she felt awkward with Duterte’s response but still insisted that he answer her question.

Umali also thanked Tima for defending her.

“Admittedly, I was surprised with Pres. Duterte's response to my question. However, I tried to understand him based on what I know about him, kept my composure, and insisted on my answer, which I got,” Umali said.

Watch the video.


--Mini, The Summit Express

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