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MANILA: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte faced criticism on Wednesday for defending adultery by a powerful political ally.
Duterte had said that like himself, House of Representatives Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez - who has made public his extramarital affairs - had “many wives”.
“This is a world of hypocrisy. Who among you here does not have a mistress?” the president said in a speech aired live on television on Tuesday night, adding it was “a non-issue”.
The comments drew sharp rebukes in the conservative and mainly Catholic nation that remains the last holdout against divorce - apart from the Vatican itself.