4th June 2019 – (Tokyo) Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte gave a speech in Tokyo, Japan that he admitted he was gay before but he cured himself of homosexuality after he married his first wife.
Duterte accused his political opponent and critic Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV of being gay but at least Duterte cured himself.
“Duterte is gay. So I am gay, I don’t care if I’m gay or not,” the president later said.
The controversial leader has a history of making controversial remarks about the LGBT community.
In March 2017, the President said he told Filipinos in Myanmar that he was against same-sex marriage, and that recognizing marriages other than those between a man and a woman wouldn’t be acceptable in Philippines, which is predominantly Catholic.
But later that year, he said the rights of the LGBT community would be protected during his presidency.
A year later, he said that under Philippine law, marriage was only for a man and a woman, but later backtracked to say he believes the law can be changed to allow same-sex marriage.
In Tokyo, Duterte said when he began a relationship with his ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman for nearly three decades, “I became a man again.” They divorced in 2000.