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Duterte blames priest for collapse of Benguet church: Kung pinalitan niyo ‘yung pari, ‘di magbagsak ‘yan!

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President Rodrigo Duterte blamed a priest Sunday (September 16) after receiving reports that a church in Itogon, Benguet collapsed at the height of Typhoon Ompong’s onslaught.

During a press briefing in Tuguegarao on Typhoon Ompong’s damage, Duterte said there was a developing story in Barangay Ucab in Itogon that involves 43 people.

“There is an evolving story sa Itogon, Barangay Ucab… 43 persons doon, nag-collapse ‘yung church… Kaya nga ito eh, alam mo Sir sa totoo lang, kung pinalitan niyo ‘yung pari diyan, ‘di magbagsak ‘yan,” he said.

“Bobo kasi itong mga pari, p*tang*na,” Duterte added.

Benguet was one of the provinces most badly hit by Typhoon Ompong, which lashed Northern Luzon on Saturday (September 15).

Duterte said he will visit Benguet on Monday (September 17).

There are reports that some people sought refuge in a small chapel while Typhoon Ompong was unleashing its fury.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said told GMA News that a total of 33 have been confirmed dead.