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Can’t resist the urge! Duterte: ‘Pag iniwan ako ng asawa ko ng isang buwan, may pamalit na ako

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Absence may make the heart grow fonder for some lovers, but for President Rodrigo Duterte, that makes someone look for another.

In a speech before newly elected barangay officials Tuesday (June 12), Duterte said spouses of Filipino migrant workers couldn’t be blamed for engaging in adultery because their husband or wife is abroad.

“The absence of the wife pati ‘yung the absence of the husband, diyan mapapasok ang — hindi naman lahat but pardon me, no offense intended, mangaliwa ‘yung lalaki o ‘yung babae because of the absence. Human beings eh. Human beings follow the fundamental rule of biology,” he said.

Duterte said a human will crave for companionship, especially if his or her partner has been away for too long.

“Ako, iwanan ako ng asawa ko mga isang buwan, ah wala na. May pampalit na ako. Mabuti nga kung abutin ng isang buwan,” he said.

The President regularly jokes about having several girlfriends in addition to Avanceña, with whom he has a daughter.

Duterte was previously married to Elizabeth Zimmerman, a union which produced three children.