“Mr Duterte clarified that he had “nothing against gays”, saying several of his relatives were homosexual.
The controversial politician had previously appeared supportive of LGBTQ rights, saying in 2015 that same-sex marriage was “good”.
But he is otherwise known for his conservative views especially on crime.
He has waged a much-criticised war on drug users and dealers leading to thousands of extra-judicial killings.
“There is no gender because you can be a he or she… That’s their culture. It does not apply to us. We are Catholics and there is the Civil Code, which says that you can only marry a woman for me… a woman to marry a man.
“That’s our law so why would you accept that gender?” he said.
“Wherever God placed you, just remain there. Do not mix it up… You erase the great divide between a woman and a man,” he added.
‘Everyone deserves to be happy’
Mr Duterte had previously said that same-sex marriage was “good”
To read the full story : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39335816