Duterte calls Catholic church hyp­o­crit­i­cal

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The pre­sump­tive Philip­pine pres­i­dent-elect has blasted the coun­try’s dom­i­nant Ro­man Catholic church as “the most hyp­o­crit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion” and ac­cused some of its bish­ops of cor­rup­tion for al­legedly ask­ing favours from politi­cians, in­clud­ing him. In a late-night news con­fer­ence that dragged on to the early hours of yes­ter­day in south­ern Davao city, Mayor Ro­drigo Duterte ques­tioned the rel­e­vance of Catholic bish­ops, cit­ing his over­whelm­ing vic­tory in the May 9 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion based on an un­of­fi­cial count de­spite ef­forts by them to per­suade Filipinos not to vote for him. Dur­ing the cam­paign, Duterte warned Catholics they may go to hell if they voted for him as bish­ops had crit­i­cised him as im­moral partly for ad­vo­cat­ing the killing of crim­i­nals. Mil­lions of Filipinos, though, still voted for him in the elec­tion, which he said served like a ref­er­en­dum. “Look, were you able to stop me?” Duterte asked, cit­ing his lead of more than six mil­lion votes over his clos­est ri­val. “You know,” he added, “the most hyp­o­crit­i­cal in­sti­tu­tion is the Catholic church.”

OUT­SPO­KEN: Duterte

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