President Duterte to Catholic Priest: “If you want a showdown, then let’s have a showdown.”
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has hit back at Philippine Catholic priest and bishops, accusing them hypocrisy and corruption, clergymen of homosexuality and child molesting.
President Duterte on Thursday, during a speech to newly-promoted police officers at Malacanang, he expressed his disappointment to Catholic priest and Bishops.
“You expose me, fine. I expose you. Why? When you commit mistakes it’s OK, but when we do, no? Bullshit. That’s stupid,” Duterte said.
The president revealed that he was molested by a priest when he was young in act of sexual awakening.
Duterte said he did not file a complaint for fear of what would happen, said priest had their skeletons in the closet.
“You asked for it. If you want a showdown, then let’s have a showdown. You mend your ways. If you cannot given justice to the small boys that you have molested in the past, you do not have that moral ascendancy to lecture [me] on what to do. Sanctity of life? You’re enjoying your worth,” Duterte said.
“When we were young, I talked to cabinet members. When we were making confessions to you, we were being molested,” Duterte added.
The president mentioning alleged homosexual acts taking place inside seminaries.
“What will you do with the homosexuality in you seminaries? What have you done to the children there?... Mga le**e kayo [You fools],” he said.
“You are in palaces while you faithful are in squatters areas and then you talk about sanctity? Look at your mirror.”
“What is you moral ascendancy in the Philippine? Religion? What is the meaning of it? You do not help us. You just keep on talking,” The president said.
The president also slams the failure of the church to explain how donations in the country in which about 80 percent of the Filipino are Catholic.
Recently, President Duterte banned X-rated website in the Philippines, including ‘Pornhub’ and ‘XVIDEOS’ as part of a crackdown on child pornography.
“What did the church do? The Catholic Church earns millions every week all throughout the Philippines. There are many churches. Where is the money of the people?” Duterte said.
“We explain how we use our funds to the people. You? Priest and Bishops, you wear fancy clothes, you have vihicles. Do you have a house, even with just five rooms, for rehab? What did your church do?”
“You count money instead of going around the neighbourhoods, explaining to the people why they should not be in that industry because they will die. Now you want the killings to end? All you have to do is to preach because most of the people here are Catholics,”
“Remember you asked vehicles from Gloria? Knowing full well that the policemen have no vihicles. You had [Mitsubishi] Pajero, you sons of b*****s,”
Recently, the President slams the Catholic Priest for its opposition to his war on drugs in the country.
“The Church really doesn’t understand. They know [the drug problem], they know that it is worst, and yet, they said that extrajudicial killing is not good,”
On Wednesday, according to Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Duresa, Pope Francis blessed the Philippines and President Duterte as well.
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