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Duterte takes a dig at church anew

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By Genalyn Kabiling

Unleashing another rant against the Catholic church, President Duterte has urged the public to build their own chapels instead of going to churches tainted with corruption.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte
(TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)

“You build a chapel on your own house and pray there. You do not have to go to church to pay for these idiots,” the President said during the groundbreaking of the Davao City bulk water supply project in Davao City.

The President, who previously claimed the church was the most hypocritical institution in the country, said the church teachings have become “archaic.”

He also criticized the Church for collecting fees for services such as baptism, marriage and funeral while some priests were engaged in corruption and other irregularities.

“Wala bang obispo dito? Babatukan ko ‘yang mga ulo ninyo. Kayo ‘yan eh. The Catholic Church pati si Bishop David sa Caloocan. Clinging on to a belief which was 3,000 years ago,” he said.

“Ang mga tao noon nomads. What do they know about the world today tapos pasundin mo ‘yang sinusulat ninyo? Totoo. How can the people there 3,000 years ago predict or project what is happening today? And it’s only the archaic church of — because it’s getting money, that’s all,” he added.

He also lashed at some bishops who have asked for vehicles from the government, “knowing fully well that it is corruption, as there is a separation of church and state.”

“And you have the balls, brave as you are, to ask property of the government. Tapos magsalita kayong mga p***** i** ninyo akala mo sino kayo,” he said.

Duterte also took a jab at “David,” questioning his real motive in his frequent trips at night. “I’m telling you, David. Nagdududa nga ako bakit sige ikot ‘yan ng gabi. Nagduda tuloy ako p***** i** nasa droga ka,” he said.

The President made the remarks a few days after accusing a bishop of allegedly stealing church donations to provide for his family. In his visit to Cavite last week, he identified a certain Bishop “David” who allegedly asks for contributions from the churchgoers but only to pocket the money.

Responding to the President’s remark, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Caloocan tried to clear his name and insisted that his parents never taught him to steal.

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