By Genalyn Kabiling and Leslie Ann Aquino
In his latest tirade about the alleged corruption in the Catholic Church, President Duterte has accused a bishop of allegedly stealing church donations to provide for his family.
During his recent visit to Cavite, the President identified a certain Bishop “David”, who allegedly asks for contributions from the churchgoers only to pocket the proceeds.
“Ikaw, David, tumahimik ka ha. Sige ka lang hingi ng contribution diyan sa mga… Saan ang pera ng mga tao? Ang g*** sige lang hingi, may second collection pa [You David, better shut up. You ask for contributions…Where do the people’s money go? The fool even asks for a second collection],” Duterte said during inauguration of Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza, Cavite on
“Alam mo totoo lang, sabihin ko sa inyo, iyong mga offerings, iyong mga pinya, mga avocado, saging, saan napupunta ‘yan? Gusto ninyong malaman? Gusto ninyo ng video? Ibigay ko sa inyo. Doon sa pamilya niya [The truth is, I tell you, the offerings, pineapples, avocados, bananas, where do they go? You want to know? You want to see video? I’ll show you. They go to his family],” he added.
The President said such practice of stealing church donations should be stopped. He said the erring Catholic priests should just get married instead, and suffer like him.
Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, saying that he was the only “Bishop David” in the CBCP, said Duterte may have confused him for someone else.
“I am the only ‘Bishop David’ in the CBCP,” David said in a Facebook post.”I think he has confused me for someone else.”
Duterte insisted that the church was “rotten,” citing the “sins” of some priests. He claimed that some members of the clergy were corrupt, while others have sired children.
“I’m ready to debate with you in public. You know guys, do not overdo things because not all is right within the Catholic Church. You read the — it’s a bestseller — “Popes” with a plural. Makita mo doon [You’ll see] how rotten the Vatican is,” he said.
“Iyong si Pope na nag-retire lang. Well, I’ll tell you now kung bakit siya nag-retire nang maaga. Should I talk about it in public? And the sins of the Bishops here,” he added.
The President maintained that he still believes in God but said his god was different from the god of his critics.
“It is not true that I do not believe in God. Huwag kayong maniwala. That is heresy,” he said, adding he was educated in a Catholic school.
“Sinabi ko sa mga ugok na obispo na ‘yan, your God does not have common sense. My God has a lot of it. Kasi magkaiba ang perception natin sa Diyos ninyo pati ‘yung Diyos ko,” he said.
Duterte, who previously triggered public outrage for saying God was stupid, also questioned the concept of heaven and hell.
“Why would God create a human being only to throw him to hell? Is that not stupidity? Eh bakit pa maggawa ka ng tao only to prepare a place for him to suffer? Anong klaseng Diyos iyan? Neither is there heaven,” he said.