‘PRIESTS ARE NO BETTER THAN ME’ – Duterte slams Catholic priests anew
9 months ago
JUNE 13, 2018 – President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday lambasted Catholic priests and threatened that he will make public the scandal of one of the murdered clergymen if they keep on criticizing the government.
“Sabi nung nabasa ko, ‘Stop persecuting priests.’ Wala naman akong sinabi. ‘Yung paring napatay, mayroon kami. May binigay sa akin ang Police but sinupress ko kasi hindi maganda para sa Katoliko. Eh pareho kami ng issue ng pari na ‘yun, babae,” Duterte said during a speech at the oath-taking ceremony of promoted uniformed personnel from the Philippine National Police and other agencies.
The president was referring to the death of Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura who was gunned down in Cagayan Valley on April 29, 2018. Duterte presented a matrix entitled “Possible Motive (Love Triangle)” with a photo of Ventura and eight women.
He said he suppressed the details of the slain priest’s illicit affairs because he was protecting the Church.
“Eh pinigilan ko kasi hindi maganda but kung mag-sige silang daldal, bitawan ko ‘yan. Sabihin ko, kung ikaw pari, kabitin mo ‘yung asawa ng sundalo, kabitin mo ‘yung asawa ng mayor, mamamatay ka talaga,” Duterte said.
‘Sinupress ko ‘yun. Hindi ko pinalabas. But if these guys keep on shouting there, ilalabas ko ‘yun,” he added.
He also said that priests are no better than him.
“May mga pari diyan, tig-dalawang asawa… Ang problema ng mga buwang na ito, santo lahat, gobyerno, military, police, puro demonyo na,” Duterte said.