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.


Adele, Simon Konecki have separated

Adele, Simon Konecki have separated. (Twitter)
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Adele, Simon Konecki have separated

  • Adele gave birth to her son, Angelo, in 2012

NEW YORK: Adele and her husband Simon Konecki have separated.
The pop singer's representatives Benny Tarantini and Carl Fysh confirmed the news Friday in a statement to The Associated Press.
"Adele and her partner have separated," the emailed statement said. "They are committed to raising their son together lovingly. As always they ask for privacy. There will be no further comment."
Adele gave birth to their son, Angelo, in 2012.
The Grammy-winning British superstar has been private about her relationship, but confirmed she married Konecki when she won album of the year at the 2017 Grammys. In her acceptance speech, she said: "Grammys, I appreciate it. The Academy, I love you. My manager, my husband and my son — you're the only reason I do it."
Konecki co-founded Life Water, an eco-friendly brand of bottled water in the U.K. Funds from the company assists the charity that Konecki runs, Drop4Drop, which provides clean water to countries in need.
A representative for Konecki could not be reached.