23 May Duterte: The Most Hypocritical Institution? The Roman Catholic Church
On Sunday, May 22, the president-elect Rodrigo Duterte said that the most hypocritical institution is the Roman Catholic Church.
He said this after the Catholic Church asked favors from the government yet during his presidential campaign their Bishops openly opposed him.
The Bishops of Catholic Church started to condemn him after his inappropriate remark and cursing on the Pope in December. The hate also outraged when he joked about the Australian rape victim that who was gang-raped and killed in a prison riot in 1989.
In a country where 80% of its citizens are Catholic, Duterte remained victorious in his campaign for the presidency. “Look, were you able to stop me?” Duterte said.
In an interview by the ABS-CBN, Duterte said, “You know the most hypocritical institution? The Catholic church.”
Addressing the Catholic Bishops, he also added, “You sons of whores, aren’t you ashamed? You ask so many favors, even from me.”
According to Duterte, asking money from the government is a form of corruption.
Aside from his cursing and inappropriate statements according to the Catholic Bishops, one of their concerns also is Duterte’s plan of reinstating the death penalty under his government.
Duterte is baptized as a Catholic, yet his spiritual adviser is a member of a non-Catholic denomination, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ head’s, Apollo Quiboloy, who is based in Southern Davao.
Duterte was also linked to the Davao Death Squad, a vigilante group that is allegedly accused of being responsible for the death of more than a thousand suspected criminals in Davao city.
Notwithstanding the concerns of various human rights groups, a lot of Filipino people still love to experience his iron-fist leadership throughout the country. Duterte once said that he is at a pace of killing more if elected as Philippine President.
Last week, he is in Davao City and for the first time since May 9, he has set meetings with prospective cabinet members and prominent dignitaries from other countries.
On his choice for an appointment as the next interior secretary, Duterte remained undecided. He said, “I still don’t have one because it (the position) handles the police. I’m having a hard time because there are a lot of problems with the police.”
Duterte vowed that he will end criminality in the country within 6 months. The actions that will lead to its implementation are yet to be seen, but the Catholic Church is doubting the moral execution of Duterte’s plan.