Duterte to clergy: I don't care if you die be­cause of your fool­ish­ness

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

P RES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte on Thurs day, March 14, made an­other about­face on his call to stop ha­rass­ing the Catholic Church lead­ers, say­ing he does not mind the clergy get­ting killed be­cause of their "fool­ish­ness."

Duterte made the re­mark af­ter some priests ex­posed death threats they have re­port­edly re­ceived un­der the cur­rent ad­min­is­tra­tion.

The Pres­i­dent said he should not be blamed for the death threats against the church lead­ers, stress­ing it was the lat­ter who first wished for his death.

"Ngayon mag-ganti ako sa kanila. And they tried to pic­ture me na ‘pag na­matay sila, I should be blamed be­cause of my out­burst. The hell. Wala akong pakialam kung ma­matay kayo ngayon la­hat. Maluwang pa ang at­ing ceme­tery," he said during the na­tional peace and or­der coun­cil meet­ing in Davao City.

(I just hit back. And they tried to pic­ture me that if they die, I should be blamed be­cause of my out­burst. The hell. I don't care if you get killed today. The ceme­tery is still spa­cious.)

"P ***** i**, wala akong pakialam kung ma­matay kayo sa kag ****** ninyo inyo ‘yan. You started the g ****** b ***** fight. Kayo ‘yung in a solemn sacra­ment of the mass of the Catholic Church, hiningi ninyo ka­matayan ko Diyos," he added.

(Son of a b **** , I don't care if you die be­cause of your fool­ish­ness. You started the g ****** b ***** fight. You are in a solemn sacra­ment of the mass of the Catholic Church and you ask God for my death.)

More Catholic priests crit­i­cal of the Duterte gov­ern­ment have come for­ward to make pub­lic the death threats against them. Their rev­e­la­tion came af­ter Caloocan Bishop Pablo Vir­gilio David, who was re­peat­edly slammed by Duterte, con­firmed re­ceiv­ing deaths threats from un­known peo­ple.

Mala­cañang ear­lier said that the death threats against the ang

sa clergy might have been "fab­ri­cated" or may have been plot­ted by "pranksters" or an­tiDuterte "trolls."

Duterte, in his im­promptu speeches, had re­peat­edly called on the street idlers to "rob" and "kill" the mon­eyed bish­ops.

But on Fe­bru­ary 25, the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive ap­pealed to the pub­lic not to harm and ha­rass the Catholic Church lead­ers, fol­low­ing the death threats be­ing re­ceived by some prelates.

How­ever, Duterte seemed to have a change of heart, say­ing his scathing tirades against the Catholic Church have noth­ing to do with the threat­en­ing mes­sages sent to some bish­ops and priests.

"Eh sin­abi ko oh kay­ong mga adik, ‘pag wala kay­ong pera kailan­gan niyo ng shabu, mag-hanap kayo ng tubo ham­pasin mo ‘yang ulo ng mga bish­ops na ‘yan. Oh ngayon na­galit sila. La­hat ng pari na­gr­ereklamo. Their lives are in dan­ger be­cause of my fu­mi­ga­tions in pub­lic," he said.

(I told ad­dicts to strike bish­ops' head if they need money to buy shabu. Now, church lead­ers were irked. The priests are com­plain­ing. Their lives are in dan­ger be­cause of my fu­mi­ga­tions in pub­lic.)

"Stop scar­ing peo­ple about your ho­li­ness. Do not scare me about you dy­ing and get­ting me blamed," Duterte added.

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