In a press conference yesterday (March 6), presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella threw shade at the show and said, “I think they’re projecting something that they really would like to say about their own situation. Really I think they should use a fictional U.S. president.” When asked if he finds the storyline insulting Abella said, “You cannot deny them their craft, their taste perhaps.”

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC was also quick to respond to the trailer. A post on its Facebook page says that the embassy wrote a letter to CBS in protest of the “highly negative depiction” of the Philippine president, which also “tarnishes the Philippines’ longstanding advocacy for women’s rights and gender equality.”

One commenter wrote beneath the embassy’s post, “If you don’t wanna be embarrassed, then how about not being embarrassing? Have you looked at our president and the things his administration has done to the country?”

Apart from the controversy attached to Duterte’s war on drugs, which has killed more than 7,000 people since he came to power last year, he’s also been criticized for a number of inappropriate comments and actions. During a campaign rally in April, he joked about the gang rape of an Australian missionary in Davao City by saying that he “should have been first.” Once, during a campaign concert, he grabbed a photographer covering the event and kissed her on the cheek.

Duterte also once commented on the length of vice president Leni Robredo’s skirt and publicly called opposition senator Leila De Lima an “immoral woman” because she “funded the house of her lover” with drug money. But Duterte has never denied that he is a playboy; he openly talks about his relationships, and has admitted that he has two wives and two girlfriends.

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