Women unlikely to be attracted to me, laments Duterte in rare moment of self-doubt

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gesturing during his speech at the Beit Yaacov Synagogue, The Jewish Association of the Philippines in Makati city, metro Manila, Philippines, on Oct 4, 2016.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gesturing during his speech at the Beit Yaacov Synagogue, The Jewish Association of the Philippines in Makati city, metro Manila, Philippines, on Oct 4, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS

MANILA - In a rare moment of self deprecation, brash Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte admits that he is probably out of the romantic market at age 71.

Women are unlikely to still find him attractive and those who might are probably only after his money, he said in a speech at a forum of local officials in Makati on Tuesday (Oct 4), the Philippine Star reported.

"I do not have a companion," the controversial leader, who has a common-law wife, multiple mistresses, and often hits on female reporters, was quoted as saying.

"If I court someone, will they reciprocate my feelings? Nobody will. I'm old. I'm 71. They are only after my money. Would they still want my body? What would my body give to them?"

Mr Duterte also joked that one's sexual appetite is diminished with age, reported the Philippine Star.

"The problem is once you have positioned yourself, you no longer have the bullet train of Japan; people of our age only have the western train of the cowboys. Tsug- tsug- tsug," he said.

"This is the only train in the world that can go backwards. Once you restart, it does not work anymore," he continued, eliciting laughter from the audience.

Mr Duterte is known for his long, rambling speeches and none of his aides have been brave enough to ask him to stop, the newspaper said.

The incendiary politician, who won elections in May by a landslide on a pledge to end crime by killing tens of thousands of criminals, has previously been criticised for comments about women.