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Scarred for life: Duterte tells how priests ‘destroyed’ him, Sonny Dominguez

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte once again called the Catholic Church “the most hypocritical institution” as he detailed his childhood sexual abuse by a Catholic clergy.

“What is really the gridlock is ang simbahan ng Katoliko. It’s the most hypocritical institution. Kita mo sabi ni Pope, ‘If you cannot be celibate, get out’. Lahat naman halos, 90% ng mga pari, wala,” said Duterte in a speech Wednesday night.

According to him, the Catholic faith “destroyed” him and his high school friend, Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III.

He claimed that a priest, who he did not identify, made him confess masturbation.

“‘What are your sins, my son?’. ‘Eh ‘di ano pa?’. ‘What?’. ‘You know, father…’. ‘Come on, come on, come on. We don’t have the whole day’. ‘I went to the room of the…’. ‘Why?’. ‘Because I wanted to see what’s inside the…’,” Duterte related his confession to a priest.

“‘And? And then? And then?’. ‘I went to the bathroom’. ‘What did you do there?’. ‘The inevitable’. Hindi ko makwento ‘yan kasi ano. So ganun ang corruption ng pari sa amin. Hindi lang sa amin,” he added.