President Rodrigo Duterte has thumbed down the prospect of legalizing same-sex marriage within the Philippines.

Facing the Filipino group in Myanmar Sunday (March 20), Duterte insinuated that approval for same-sex marriage is restricted to Western international locations with liberal cultures.

He cited as foundation the duvet of Time Magazine’s worldwide version, which featured a photograph of a girl with the caption: “Beyond he or she: How a new generation is redefining the definition of gender.”

Referring to Time Magazine’s cowl, Duterte mentioned: “Yun ang kultura nila. Eh di kayo lang, hindi ‘yan pwede sa amin kay Katoliko kami at there is the Civil Code, which says that you can only marry a woman for me… for a woman to marry a man.”

While Duterte mentioned two of his brothers-in-law are homosexual, he appeared cool to legalizing same-sex marriages.

“Kung saan ka pinuwesto ng Diyos, diyan ka lang. Huwag na mong haluin kaming lahat. Biro mo, ako ang Presidente tapos wala ng — you erase the great divide between a woman and a man.”

Ironically, one of many President’s staunchest allies, House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, has expressed assist for a invoice legalizing same-sex unions.