Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines’ president-elect who makes light of heinous crimes like rape and murder, has once against shocked people across the globe with his lewd behavior and words.
During a nationally televised press conference, the 71-year-old politician interrupted a question from television reporter Mariz Umali about his new cabinet members by wolf-whistling at her.
The journalist looked visibly embarrassed, since all other people in attendance either laughed or clapped in response.
In an interview with her GMA network, Umali described Duterte’s remarks as “improper.” And while she didn’t demand an apology from him, to avoid further controversy, her journalist husband, Raffy Tima, took to Facebook to express his outrage.
“Catcalling my wife is wrong in so many levels,” wrote Tima. “Some jokes are funny and should be laughed at but disrespecting women is definitely not one of them.”
At a separate presser, another female journalist pointed out to Duterte, mayor of Davao, that he broke his own city’s laws pertaining to sexual harassment.
The city’s ordinance, according to Rappler, defines sexual harassment as "a form of misconduct involving an act or a series of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical behavior of a sexual nature, made directly, indirectly, or impliedly."
However, far from apologizing, Duterte said whistling at Umali was protected by his right to freedom of expression.
And then he wolf-whistled at the female reporter several times, as can be seen in the video below:
WATCH: Duterte on catcall incident: You can't stop anyone from whistling https://t.co/EYC26Tpucn— Rappler (@rapplerdotcom) June 2, 2016
Although, Duterte has frequently been compared to U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, at least the boorish billionaire has never catcalled Megyn Kelly during a GOP debate — despite their well-documented spat.
Duterte is certainly worse than Trump.