By Leslie Ann Aquino
A Catholic prelate shrugged off the threat of President Duterte that he would expose scandals involving priests if the church will continue to criticize him.
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said they would even thank the Chief Executive if what he is going to expose is the truth.
“Let him bring out his so-called expose as long as it is the truth. We would even be grateful to him if he helps us in the truth,” he said in an interview. The truth, Pabillo said, will not ruin the church.
“We are not politicians who can be bought away by exposes,” he added.
The head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on the Laity said the church will continue to criticize the President if he does not stop doing wrong.
“We will not stop criticizing him if he does not stop doing wrong. He does not want to be criticized let him do his duties well. If he wants to be respected let him be respectable and respect others,” said Pabillo.
“Enough of his threats. No one believes his threats anymore. That is all that he can do – threaten!” he added.