All sense of decorum went right out of the window in Capiz Thursday when President Rodrigo Duterte, in a speech criticizing human rights groups, briefly stopped, turned round when a common house gecko, ignoring protocol, hissed from nearby.
The President had his ire on rights groups opposed to his controversial war on drugs when a loud gecko sound distracted him.
It was not clear if the gecko was the common house gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus), or the Gekkonidae which is the largest family of geckos, most of them nocturnal, hiding during the day and foraging for insects at night.
They can be seen climbing walls of houses and other buildings in search of insects attracted to porch lights and is immediately recognizable by its characteristic chirp.
The President, regaining his gear after the pause, then pointed to someone on the stage who he said might have brought a “pet” gecko to the Camp General Macario Peralta Jr. in Jamindan, Capiz, where the decommissioning of 727 former rebels and their firearms was held.
President Duterte was previously pestered by a mosquito, fly, and cockroach while delivering a speech.