Philippines President Says he ‘Cured’ His Homosexuality

President Duterte. photo via pcoo.gov.ph.

President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines said he used to be gay, but that he had cured himself.

He implied during his speech on May 30 that homosexuality was a disease that needed curing, according to Rappler. Duterte also mocked Senator Antonio Trillanes’s movements because he thought they looked gay. He said he was gay once, but implied that by marrying his ex-wife Elizabeth Zimmerman, he became straight again. 

"Good thing Trillanes and I are similar. But I cured myself," Duterte said, according to Rappler. “When I began a relationship with Zimmerman, I said, this is it. I became a man again… Duterte is gay. So I am gay, I don't care if I'm gay or not.”

President Duterte has conflicting views of homosexuality, once saying that gay people should have been recognized in the Bible, and later saying marriage should be between a man and a woman.


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