Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who publicly flaunts his womanizing ways, has gained an unlikely ally in his bid for the presidency.
During a women's forum in Davao City on Sunday, Gabriela Party-list Rep. Luz Ilagan said Duterte's womanizer image was only highlighted due to "media hype," ABS-CBN News reported.
"Womanizing, kissing: most of that is media hype… Even if he says that 'I am a womanizer, may mga girlfriend' remember that the mayor is already separated," Ilagan said.
"His marriage has been annulled," she pointed out.It can be recalled that Ilagan and the Gabriela group recently called out Duterte for his "distasteful and unacceptable" remarks on women. Duterte's treatment of women was also questioned after he was seen kissing his female supporters during a campaign trail.
Ilagan now urges the public to instead take a look into the track record of the tough-talking mayor who admits to having two wives and two girlfriends.
"I personally even say that look beyond the words, look beyond the actions. Focus on what he has done, what he can do, what he is still doing that will benefit our people," said the Gabriela leader.