Incoming President Rodrigo Duterte this Sunday, May 21 publicly called the Catholic Church as the “most hypocritical institution,” and even challenged bishops to debate with him about the ‘sins of the church’ before his inauguration on June 30, 2016. The tough-talking mayor also accused the Catholic Church in mingling with top politicians.
“They (Catholic bishops) campaigned against me, everybody was saying ‘Do not vote for Duterte.’ Fine. I said, let this election be a referendum between me and the Catholic Church. Sabi ko, this will be a referendum kung sinong tama sa atin. Look, were you able to stop me? Iilan lang kayong mga obispo diyan,” Duterte told reporters in Davao City.
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“You have been castigating me or criticizing me — you want a debate before I become president? Okay! Sinong lahat ng bishops d’yan, tumindig kayo. I will tell you the sins of the Catholic Church beginning from the time the institution of the papacy was established,” He added, who had over 16 million votes including from Catholic votes.
“I will lecture until June 29 the sins of the Catholic Church, and whether or not you are still relevant. Alam mo, the most hypocritical institution is the Catholic Church,” The presumptive president noted. He also accused some Catholic bishops of asking favors from former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her administration.
“Panahon ni Arroyo naghingian kayo… That is graft and corruption, hindi niyo alam ‘yan, plus separation of church and state. Yung ibang tao sa Pilipinas walang makain, walang medisina and you were enjoying the money of the god**** people of the Philippines by riding on that. Hindi na kayo nahiya n’yan. P*******a nyo.” Duterte angrily said.
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Apparently, this is not the first time that President-elect Duterte has slammed the Catholic Church and mentioned about its being involved in politics. This Tuesday, May 17, award-winning broadcast journalist and GMA News anchor Jessica Soho exclusively interviewed Duterte, where he said that he believes in God, but not in religion.
“For the record, I believe in God, but I do not believe in religions. Period. And the most hypocritical institutions in the Philippines, guess who? Kasi nung panahon ni Gloria Arroyo…kayong karamihan nanghingi ng sasakyan, mga Montero, and you call that a separation of state?…You allowed the prostitution of you,” Duterte told Soho.
Also during the said interview, Duterte recalled that when he is still in high school at Ateneo de Davao, he was allegedly abused by a now-deceased Jesuit priest named Fr Mark Falvey SJ . After revealing the name of the priest-abuser, the CBCP then told him to file a case on court. However, he said he has no evidence to prove his claim.