After receiving mixed reactions both from the local media and social media, President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said that wolf-whistling at women is not sexual harrassment, unless "...if you go overboard and you start to harass the woman".
Digong's spokesperson Sal Panelo even insisted that what Digong did to GMA News female reporter Mariz Umali in his press conference was rather a compliment.
Umali continued prodding for Digong's answer professionally but instead of getting the latter's response, Digong sang "Malayo ang tingin" and the crowd started to laugh.
In Umali's interview with "News To Go" on Thursday, she was asked about what happened. Umali said that what Digong did may have been improper from someone who is about to become the next leader of the country but as a journalist she will still continue doing her job and won't expect any apologies from Digong. In fact, no one from their end approached her to apologize or even to talk about it hence she doesn't really expect any apologies at all.
Furthermore, she understands that it is already Digong's personality. Umali recalled him joking about God’s [maybe] not being perfect because He created him that way. Digong said that if he changed, he won’t be Rodrigo Duterte anymore.
On the other hand, Umali’s husband and co-Anchor Raffy Tima said he already expected such trait from the outgoing Davao mayor but Tima criticized him for being foul-mouthed in national television. He posted his sentiment on his Facebook page, "I know his reputation well enough not to be shocked by it, but that does not make it right. For someone who espouses leadership by example, catcalling anyone in a press conference with all cameras trained on him defies logic,"