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Philippine leader tames his words for Miss Universe hopefuls

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/23/2017
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greets Miss Universe contestant Catalina Caceres of Chile as Siera Bearchell of Canada, left, and Violina Ancheva of Bulgaria walk back to their seats after posing with the president during their courtesy call at Malacanang Palace Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six candidates are vying for the title in the grand coronation Jan.30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte greets Miss Universe contestant Catalina Caceres of Chile as Siera Bearchell of Canada, left, and Violina Ancheva of Bulgaria walk back to their seats after posing with the president during their courtesy call at Malacanang Palace Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six candidates are vying for the title in the grand coronation Jan.30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has delivered a speech without sex jokes and expletives — telling the gathering of Miss Universe contestants that he was told to watch his language.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about how tall the Miss Universe contestants are as he poses with them during their courtesy call at Malacanang Palace Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six candidate are vying for the title in the grand coronation Jan. 30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. They are, from left, Stephanie Geldhof of Belgium, Rebecca Rath of Belize, Duterte, Wanda Teo, Toursim Secretary and Antonella Moscatelli of Bolivia.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte jokes about how tall the Miss Universe contestants are as he poses with them during their courtesy call at Malacanang Palace Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six candidate are vying for the title in the grand coronation Jan. 30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. They are, from left, Stephanie Geldhof of Belgium, Rebecca Rath of Belize, Duterte, Wanda Teo, Toursim Secretary and Antonella Moscatelli of Bolivia.(AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Duterte told the women at Malacanang presidential palace Monday that he had never been in a "roomful of beautiful women" and adding "I hope that this day will never end."

Miss Universe contestants, from left in foreground, Tania Dawson of New Zealand, Zoey Ivory of The Netherlands and Lizelle Esterhuizen of Namibia, walk back to their seats after posing with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, second from left in background, during their courtesy call at Malacanang Palace Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six candidate are vying for the title in the grand coronation Jan.30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Miss Universe contestants, from left in foreground, Tania Dawson of New Zealand, Zoey Ivory of The Netherlands and Lizelle Esterhuizen of Namibia, walk back to their seats after posing with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, second from left in background, during their courtesy call at Malacanang Palace Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six candidate are vying for the title in the grand coronation Jan.30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Eighty-six candidates will vie for the Miss Universe crown on Jan. 30 in Manila.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, and Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo pose with Miss Universe contestants during their courtesy call at Malacanang Palace Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six candidate are vying for the title in the grand coronation Jan. 30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez) © The Associated Press Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, center, and Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo pose with Miss Universe contestants during their courtesy call at Malacanang Palace Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Eighty-six candidate are vying for the title in the grand coronation Jan. 30 to succeed Pia Wurtzbach of the Philippines. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

Duterte has been criticized for a number of his remarks on women, including a comment about the length of Vice President Leni Robredo's skirt in a Cabinet meeting and a rape joke about an Australian murder victim during the presidential campaign last year.

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