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Philippines protests 'Madam Secretary' portrayal of leader

Associated Press logo Associated Press 3/7/2017

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — The Philippine government has protested the depiction of a fictional leader of its country making a pass at the female U.S. Secretary of State in the CBS drama "Madam Secretary."

A video teaser of the episode airing Sunday shows the Filipino character with a bloodied nose after being punched by the titular character, U.S. Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord, played by actress Tea Leoni.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington said it wrote to CBS on Monday to "strongly protest the highly negative depiction of a character purported to be the Philippine President" and called on the network to take necessary corrective actions.

It's the latest potential irritant between the United States and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.

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