DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles ) – Tough-talking, renegade Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, is slowly but surely defining his platform as he officially launched his campaign to become the next president of the Philippines.
Duterte is known for his iron-fist and extra-judicial style of management as mayor of one of the largest cities in the country. In the past, he has said he will abolish congress if elected. Oftentimes, he would threaten to execute criminals himself. Once, he forced a man who violated the no-smoking ban to swallow his cigarette butt.
Today, Duterte promised that if he becomes president, he will legalize polygamy, a practice that is not allowed under Philippine laws as well as the laws of the Roman Catholic Church.
Duterte announced this latest platform after admitting he not only has two wives, but two girlfriends as well. The men in the audience cheered him on, but Catholic netizens and women’s rights advocates took to social media to condemn the mayor’s statements.