Philippines: Spokesman Defends Duterte Sex Jokes During Disaster Relief Briefing

Philippines: Spokesman Defends Duterte Sex Jokes During Disaster Relief Briefing


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman defended the leader on Monday after he received criticism for telling a sex-related joke at a Typhoon Vamco press briefing over the weekend.

Duterte at the meeting teased Presidential Adviser for Bicol Affairs Marvel Clavecilla for being an alleged womanizer while the two were in law school together, “to which Clavecilla replied that he was ‘undersecs,’ [meaning “undersexed”] a wordplay on his official title of ‘undersecretary,’” Philippine news outlet Rappler explained.

The joking took place live on air during a “post-calamity situation briefing” in the municipality of Pili, Camarines Sur province, on Sunday.

Vamco, called Ulysses in the Philippines, is the deadliest tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines so far in 2020. It was responsible for at least 67 fatalities as of Sunday. The Philippines is still reeling from Typhoon Goni, the world’s most powerful storm this year. Goni slammed the archipelago two weeks ago, killing

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