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Bastos! Opus Dei member Kit Tatad calls Duterte’s trip to Middle East ‘an act of disrespect’

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President Rodrigo Duterte committed “nothing less than an act of disrespect” by traveling to Muslim countries on official visits during Holy Week, former senator Francisco”Kit” Tatad said.

Tatad, a member of the conservative Catholic group Opus Dei, said in his April 13 column for the Manila Times that Duterte would’ve been better off going on a vacation with his family while Filipino Catholics observe Holy Week instead of visiting the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain and Qatar.

“I cannot imagine any of his hosts—Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud, Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa al Khalifa, or Qatari Emir Tanim bin Hamad al Thani—making a pilgrimage to a non-Islamic place during Ramadan while the Muslim world is doing its month-long religious fast,” he said.

While Duterte has publicly lambasted the Catholic Church in the past, Tatad said it is his duty as President to ensure he is not “publicly and officially associated with any act hostile” to Catholic believers, which comprise more than 80 percent of the Philippine population.

“As their President, DU30 has a duty to safeguard that wealth, whatever his religious belief or non-belief. Either he is part of the culture or he is not; he cannot lead the nation if he is not,” the former senator said.