MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday picked on Narvacan mayor and businessman Chavit Singson for trying to rest his head on the shoulder of reigning Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
"Sir, you have my deepest respect. Pero ito si (Sen.) Bong (Go), napanood niya yung gimmick mo dun sa... sabi niya tingnan mo talaga ito si Chavit o," Duterte told Chavit during a road inauguration in Candon City, Ilocos Sur.
"Baka totoong patulog-tulog siya," the President said in jest as the audience laughed.
Duterte referred to the viral video of Chavit and Catriona during Manny Pacquiao’s fight in MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas last Sunday.
Catriona was using her cellphone when Chavit, who was sitting beside her, was slowly leaning on Catriona’s shoulder while "sleeping." However, he suddenly woke up when the reigning beauty queen looked at him.
"We can only say good luck and may the next mission be accomplished," Duterte said, making the crowd, including Chavit, laugh again.
Many netizens took the opportunity to poke fun on Chavit, while others were offended and criticized the politician-entrepreneur.