Duterte, Kim Jong Un doppelgangers spark frenzy at Hong Kong church

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The appearance of the impersonators of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center front, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center back, distracted worshippers at a church service in Hong Kong. (AFP)
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Impersonators of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center front, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center back, pose for photos with parishioners as they attend a church service in Hong Kong. (AFP)
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Impersonators of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center front, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center back, pose for photos with parishioners as they attend a church service in Hong Kong. (AFP)
Updated 03 February 2019
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Duterte, Kim Jong Un doppelgangers spark frenzy at Hong Kong church

  • Hundreds of distracted worshippers erupted into cheers and took photos of the impersonator
  • Hong Kong is home to around 200,000 Filipinos, mostly women working as domestic helpers

HONG KONG: A Rodrigo Duterte impersonator sparked frenzy and confusion during Sunday mass when he walked into a Hong Kong church popular with the city’s Filipino community.
Accompanied by Howard X — the Hong Kong-based impersonator of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — the Filipino actor arrived at St. Joseph’s Church dressed in the Philippine president’s signature relaxed white shirt.
Hundreds of distracted worshippers erupted into cheers and took photos of the impersonator, who goes by the stage name Cresencio Extreme.
They settled down for the hour-long service but many continued to grin and glance at him.
“Is that Duterte?” whispered an incredulous-looking woman, who said the man appeared too young to be the Philippine leader.
As soon as mass ended, worshippers mobbed Cresencio Extreme, many screaming and taking photos with their mobile phones as he waved at them and shook their hands.
Outside the church, some examined photos of the impersonator, saying it was odd that he did not have any bodyguards and that his personality seemed off.
While most did not mind the stunt, one woman who identified herself as Linda found it “impolite.”
“Coming in here to make a scene — our Duterte is not like that,” she said.
The Philippine president has repeatedly attacked the Church since taking office in 2016, accusing the Catholic clergy of sexual abuse.
And the Church has been one of Duterte’s most outspoken critics, particularly over alleged human rights abuses during his deadly anti-narcotics campaign.
Hong Kong is home to around 200,000 Filipinos, mostly women working as domestic helpers.


‘French Spiderman’ climbs Paris skyscraper harness-free

Updated 25 March 2019
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‘French Spiderman’ climbs Paris skyscraper harness-free

  • Climb was done to help to raise funds for the renovation of Notre-Dame cathedral
  • Robert has climbed more than 100 structures including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Burj al Khalifa in Dubai

PARIS: Dubbed the “French Spiderman,” Alain Robert scaled a skyscraper in Paris on Friday without a harness to raise funds for the renovation of Notre-Dame cathedral.
Television images showed the 56-year-old using horizontal struts running up the Engie headquarters’ curved facade and a protruding structure going top-to-bottom of the 185-meter glass-fronted building in La Defense business district
Robert halted regularly to chalk his hands.
He was arrested shortly after completing the climb.
“Because there’s no money left in the government coffers, the cathedral is falling into disrepair,” he said ahead of the climb. His sponsors were writing a cheque of €5,000 ($5,650) to help finance the renovations, he added.
During the stunt, bystanders at the bottom pointed smartphones toward clear blue skies as wispy clouds raced overheard in blustery winds.
Robert has climbed more than 100 structures including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and Burj al Khalifa in Dubai, as well as the same tower in Paris in 2016.
The Archbishop of Paris is on a drive to raise more than €100 million to save Notre-Dame’s crumbling gargoyles and gothic arches.