Duterte not threat­en­ing bish­ops, Palace clar­i­fies

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - News -

MALA­CAÑANG clar­i­fied that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte was not threat­en­ing the Catholic bish­ops when he de­clared that they were bet­ter off dead, but was merely be­ing “dra­matic” in his state­ments.

“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,’” Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador Panelo said Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 6.

Duterte on Wed­nes­day said it would be bet­ter to just kill bish­ops who are “use­less” and “stupid”.

“Itong mga obispo

ninyo, patayin ninyo. Walang silbi ‘yang mga g ***** ‘yan (Your bish­ops, kill them. Those stupid are use­less). All they do is crit­i­cize,” the Pres­i­dent said in a speech de­liv­ered in Mala­cañan Palace on Wed­nes­day.

Panelo said the Pres­i­dent was merely “up­set” that the Church lead­ers are crit­i­cal of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s poli­cies.

Duterte’s lat­est an­tiCatholic slur is a seem­ing breach of the mora­to­rium agree­ment reached with Catholic Bish­ops’ Con­fer­ence of the Philip­pines (CBCP) pres­i­dent Arch­bishop Ro­mulo Valles in July.

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