Duterte has more ammunition against Church: Ingat kayo baka si Pope meron ding tinatago!
President Rodrigo Duterte warned Catholic Church leaders to think twice about attacking him.
Duterte said he was not afraid going tit for tat even with the Church’s highest leaders.
“O baka si Pope meron rin kanyang tinatago. Kaya magdahan-dahan kayong Katoliko. Better shut up or else. Ako, wala ako sina(santo),” said Duterte in a speech.
Duterte said that when he exposed the sexual abuses being covered up by the Catholic Church, bishops and priests accused him of slander. He felt vindicated when Pope Francis himself acknowledged the sexual abuses, including the rape of nuns.
Duterte said his main beef with bishops and priests was that they wanted him and other politikos to follow their whims.
“Kayong mga pari you have been at it ever since. Nobody would criticize you even before — not even the slightest irritation. Takot kasi ang mga politiko, takot ang mga taga-gobyerno sa inyo kasi ‘pag kinalaban kayo, the popular notion that if you are an opponent of the Church, you lose,” said Duterte.
“Anong pakialam ko. I’m on my third last three years. Third year of the last three years. Bakit ako matakot matalo? Hindi naman ako makatakbo ng eleksyon. Kaya babastusin ko kayo,” he added.