Spokesman ex­plains: Duterte’s ‘kill the bish­ops’ re­mark just means ‘stop crit­i­ciz­ing’

Business World - - The Nation - Ar­jay L. Bal­in­bin

PRES­I­DEN­TIAL Spokesper­son Sal­vador S. Panelo yes­ter­day said Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo R. Duterte’s state­ment last Wed­nes­day that bish­ops in the coun­try should be killed was “only for dra­matic ef­fect.” Mr. Duterte, in his re­marks at a Palace event on Dec. 5, said: “Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo. Walang

silbi yang mga gagong yan (Th­ese bish­ops of yours, kill them. Those fools are use­less). All they do is crit­i­cize.” Asked for com­ment dur­ing a Palace brief­ing on Thurs­day, Dec. 6, Mr. Panelo ex­plained: “I think that’s only a hy­per­bole on the part of the Pres­i­dent. We should be get­ting used to this Pres­i­dent. He makes cer­tain state­ments for dra­matic ef­fect. But he ac­tu­ally means stop crit­i­ciz­ing and do some good for this coun­try, help us.” —

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