Citing Philippine law, Catholicism, Duterte says no to same-sex marriage

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Mr Duterte is trying to reinstate the death penalty to support his war on drugs.

At a forum in January past year, during the run-up to the presidential election, he said he would push for legislation to allow same-sex marriage. But as an Overseas Filipino Worker based here, he said he thinks it is very important that Duterte gets to "live with the expectations of everyone, not alone the Filipinos from the Philippines but also the Filipinos based in other countries".

Duterte will travel to Thailand later with the same objective.

Since taking office in July a year ago, Duterte, nicknamed "the Punisher" for his lethal approach to policing, has led a bloody drugs war that has killed more than 7,000 people. Therefore, the USA and the Philippine experienced tense relations, but later Duterte apologized to Obama.

Twitter users were swift to criticise Duterte's remarks. The President referred to a recent Time magazine cover article on gender and sexuality to highlight what he insisted was blanket Filipino opposition to same-sex marriage. Duterte added: "You stay where God assigned you".

Duterte was also criticised for targeting the poor in his drug war.

"That's their culture. It does not apply to us".

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"And there is the civil code, which states you can only marry a woman for me, and for a woman to marry a man".

Loved by many in the Philippines for his confrontational style, the president has lashed out at his critics, labelling the United Nations "stupid" and former U.S. president Barack Obama a "son of a whore".

'They miscalculated me. They thought they would scare me with a jail threat and then they would put Obama in front of me.

However, Rohingyas told the commission that they were willing to go back to their country.

'Now I am even famous because I called their leaders sons of whores, you are all sons of whores'.

The Philippine goodwill delegation led by President Duterte was cordially welcomed at the worldwide airport by Union Ministers Dr Pe Myint, Dr Aung Thu, Deputy Ministers Maj-Gen Aung Soe, Kyaw Tin, Philippine Ambassador to Myanmar Alex Chua, Defense and Armed Forces Attache Colonel Edgardo De Leon, and Myanmar officials.

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