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DUTERTE BLASTS POPE IN BIZARRE SPEECH; BOASTED KILLING CRIMINALS


DECEMBER 1 -Duterte, however, remains unapologetic. “I admit I am 100 percent terrorist, but I am terrorizing only the drug pushers, kidnappers, hold-up gangs, and other criminals,” he responded. And it his this attitude of his that has endeared him to the larger population of Davao. They affectionately call him ‘Dirty Harry’ or ‘Digong Duterte’. He is believed to have spent his youth hanging around with the city’s tough, but he eventually secured a law degree and served as a city prosecutor for some time, before his political career took off.FROM odditycentral.com blog PRESIDENTIAL candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was declared the standard bearer of the PDP Laban Monday, after boasting of killing criminals and even cursing the Pope for causing traffic in Metro Manila. Endorsement. Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidate and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez at the Century Park Hotel in Manila on Monday. Ver Noveno In a rambling, obscenity-filled speech at the Century Park Hotel in Manila, Duterte said he would take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and admitted personally killing criminals. “It’s true, I don’t deny that,” he said. Duterte bragged about killing a group of kidnappers and then burning their bodies during his time as mayor, but did not provide details. “I really finished them. This was a good killing,” he told a cheering crowd. The mayor even lashed out at Pope Francis, blaming him for causing traffic jams in the capital of the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation when he visited in January. “Pope, you son of a -----, why don’t you go home,” he said. In a report earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said Duterte’s so-called “Davao Death Squad” had killed more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of the city. “It’s bad enough that the government has failed to end impunity for these killings or investigate Duterte and similar mayors—it’s doubly upsetting that he is exploiting this politically,” HRW’s Philippine representative Carlos Conde said in a statement. Duterte has served as mayor on and off since he was first elected in 1998. He is one of several candidates vying to succeed President Benigno Aquino III, whose single six-year term ends next year. READ MORE...

Duterte under fire for cursing Pope Francis
[Duterte said, "Sorry na lang Pope, nadali ka sa pitik ko, baka makarating ito sa Vatican, galit ako sa mga nasarahan, sinara ang mga daan, madami kaming naghirap Pope,” Duterte said. In an ambush interview the presidential aspirant claimed that it was not Pope Francis who he was cursing, but the way the government handled the security preparations that led to closures of some roads resulting to massive traffic jams in the metro.]


NOVEMBER 30 -Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday came under fire for cursing at Pope Francis after he allegedly got caught in a traffic jam during the Catholic leader's visit in the Philippines in January. Duterte was irate over the bad traffic situation in Metro Manila when he cursed at the Pope.
The Davao mayor, during his speech on Monday at the Century Park hotel where he was formally declared PDP-Laban standard-bearer, said he got stuck for 5 hours in a traffic gridlock because of Pope Francis. “From the hotel to the airport, alam mo inabot kami ng… limang oras. Sabi ko bakit? Sabi pinasarado daw,” he said. Duterte said a friend told him that the traffic jam was caused by the Pope's arrival. "Gusto kong tawagan, 'Pope p****** This drew laughter from some of his supporters in the audience. However, this was not received well by other people, including Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda. READ MORE...

ALSO: Bishops slam Duterte for cursing Pope Francis


DECEMBER 2 -Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Duterte Former CBCP president retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz warned the public that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is “dangerous and worse than a dictator whom we knew once led our country.” Philstar.com /File He’s a womanizer who is worse than a dictator and does not deserve to lead the country, Catholic bishops said yesterday after Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cursed Pope Francis in public. The newly proclaimed presidential candidate apologized yesterday and denied cursing the pontiff. “Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title ‘honorable’?” Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement yesterday. “We have so many leaders in office and many more aspiring to sit in office but are they examples of good citizenship? If the leaders we choose are to be leaders for national progress they must be visionaries and exemplary,” he added. Former CBCP president retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz also warned the public that Duterte is “dangerous and worse than a dictator whom we knew once led our country.” During the proclamation rally of PDP-Laban on Monday, Duterte complained in front of his supporters about the traffic jams during the papal visit in January, saying he was stuck in traffic from the hotel to the airport because of road closures. READ MORE...

ALSO: CBCP President expressed 'disgust' on Duterte's speech; "Priests are corrupt, I was sexually abused as a child" Duterte
[Duterte challenged the CBCP to seek his withdrawal so that the Church’s “darkest secrets will be revealed.” “File for my withdrawal and I will withdraw. Then I will challenge you to a debate and reveal your dark secrets,” Duterte said.] 


DECEMBER 2 -CBCP president Socrates Villegas CATHOLIC Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Socrates Villegas expressed his disgust Tuesday over PDP-Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte for cursing Pope Francis in a speech Monday, and denounced his adultery, killing and vulgarity as forms of corruption.
While Duterte supporters sought to do damage control, the Davao City mayor shot back at the Catholic Church, saying he was abused as a child by a Catholic priest when he was studying at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University. “I was abused by one of you when I was young,” Duterte said, addressing himself to Church leaders who criticized him. “Priests are also corrupt.” When pressed for details about his abuse, Duterte blurted: “The priest was holding my penis, where else?” He said his revelations would “destroy the church and the present status of so many priests.” “I will tell you the names of the prominent persons who were my batch mates [in the Ateneo.] All of us were victims of sexual abuses committed against minors at that time, including me. And I will tell you my story.” “We are all abused! Sexually!” Duterte exclaimed. In a statement posted on his personal Facebook account, the CBCP president urged all Filipino voters to think twice before choosing Duterte as president. “Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title “Honorable”? I grieve for my country,”Villegas said. Villegas’ statement came after Duterte delivered a speech on Monday where he cursed Pope Francis for causing traffic during his visit to Manila in January. READ MORE...

ALSO: Duterte identifies priest who molested him


DECEMBER 5 -Mayor Rodrigo Duterte 
DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It involved mere touching and it contributed to his sexual awakening, but the memory of being fondled against his wish when he was a high school freshman is vivid enough for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to remember the identity of the sexual molester. “Ang pari na yan ay si Father Paul Falvey,” Duterte told reporters here Thursday night, pointing to a priest of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) in the 1950s. Duterte was quick to point out that Falvey died many years ago and that he had already forgiven the priest. The mayor identified the priest after some sectors challenged him to name the priest he said molested him during his younger years at the Ateneo de Davao. Duterte stressed that it was more of fondling that the late priest did to him. “Kami naman hinipo lang (We were just fondled),” the mayor said. Duterte also stressed that he did not intend to file any complaint as suggested by the ADDU management as well as the Society of Jesus congregation in the country. “Ayaw ko yong sinasabi nilang (I don’t like what they’re saying) I will file a complaint. No, I wouldn’t file any complaint,” Duterte said. The mayor confessed that what the priest did to him awakened his sexuality. Asked why he did not file a complaint at the time against Falvey, Duterte said. “I was young then and I was afraid of what will happen.” “It was a case of fondling — you know what — which he did during confession, that’s how we lost our innocence… It happened during our generation, two years ahead of us and two years following us,” Duterte said, explaining that the priest also molested other high school students at the Ateneo at the time. “It was a sort of sexual awakening for each of us,” Duterte said. “Each and everyone of us have our own sexual awakening.” Duterte said that while he and his batchmates did not file any case against Falvey, the priest was reportedly made to pay millions in the United States where he was later assigned. “It cost him (Falvey) about P25 million because other victims filed a case, you know it in America,” the mayor said. “We realized quite early that ganun talaga ang buhay. Paano magreklamo? Takot kami (such is life. How could we complain? We were scared),” Duterte added, stressing that fear got the better of any intent to complain, especially since they were freshmen and might get “whacked.” READ MORE..., RELATED Duterte dared: Tell all on priest abuses...

ALSO: Jesuit priest who allegedly molested Duterte had other victims
[The presidential aspirant says the now deceased Fr Mark Falvey SJ abused several other students at Ateneo de Davao]


DECEMBER 4 -ABUSED. Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte identifies the priest who abused him and other high school students at Ateneo de Davao. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler 
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night, December 3, identified the Jesuit priest who allegedly abused him in high school, and said he was “afraid” to file a complaint at the time.
But he added he had already forgiven the priest who was his teacher when he was a freshman student at the Ateneo de Davao high school. The now deceased priest, Mark* Falvey SJ, also reportedly molested other students, according to Duterte. Duterte was a student of Ateneo de Davao high school before he was expelled and went to Holy Cross of Digos. Duterte told Rappler, "I will not file a case against the priest because I belong to the Catholic Church," while some of those molested reportedly filed complaints. Falvey, according to Duterte, was ordered to pay "P16* million” in damages. Father Emmanuel Alfonso SJ, spokesman of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, later clarified that Falvey belonged to the Far East Province of their religious order. "They were all kicked out of China during Mao Tse Tung's takeover and stayed in the Philippines while waiting for a possible return to China. He went back to the USA after 5 or 6 years and died there in '75," the Jesuit spokesman said in a text message Friday, December 4. Alfonso added: "He was posthumously accused of abuses committed [in the US], and I think if there were any settlements, Mayor Duterte may be referring to that. He never belonged to the Philippine Province." Complaints or cases are brought before the province that a Jesuit belongs to. Alfonso said the Philippine Province researched on Falvey only after Duterte talked about the abuse that the priest allegedly committed. READ MORE .[Editor's note on name Mark* Falvey], RELATED...CBCP wants ‘The Punisher’ punished after cursing Pope....


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Duterte, however, remains unapologetic. “I admit I am 100 percent terrorist, but I am terrorizing only the drug pushers, kidnappers, hold-up gangs, and other criminals,” he responded. And it his this attitude of his that has endeared him to the larger population of Davao. They affectionately call him ‘Dirty Harry’ or ‘Digong Duterte’. He is believed to have spent his youth hanging around with the city’s tough, but he eventually secured a law degree and served as a city prosecutor for some time, before his political career took off.FROM odditycentral.com blog

MANILA, DECEMBER 7, 2015 (MANILA STANDARD) posted December 01, 2015 at 12:01 am by The Standard - PRESIDENTIAL candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was declared the standard bearer of the PDP Laban Monday, after boasting of killing criminals and even cursing the Pope for causing traffic in Metro Manila.

In a rambling, obscenity-filled speech at the Century Park Hotel in Manila, Duterte said he would take a zero-tolerance approach to crime and admitted personally killing criminals.

“It’s true, I don’t deny that,” he said.

Duterte bragged about killing a group of kidnappers and then burning their bodies during his time as mayor, but did not provide details.

“I really finished them. This was a good killing,” he told a cheering crowd.

The mayor even lashed out at Pope Francis, blaming him for causing traffic jams in the capital of the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation when he visited in January.

“Pope, you son of a -----, why don’t you go home,” he said.

In a report earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said Duterte’s so-called “Davao Death Squad” had killed more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of the city.

“It’s bad enough that the government has failed to end impunity for these killings or investigate Duterte and similar mayors—it’s doubly upsetting that he is exploiting this politically,” HRW’s Philippine representative Carlos Conde said in a statement.

Duterte has served as mayor on and off since he was first elected in 1998.

He is one of several candidates vying to succeed President Benigno Aquino III, whose single six-year term ends next year.

At the PDP-Laban event Monday, Duterte also endorsed several candidates for mayor, including Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, boxer and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, ACT party-list Rep. Samuel Pagdilao; Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, former Senator Panfilo Lacson; former Rep. Miguel Zubiri; former Metro Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino; and overseas workers advocate Susan Tolentino, as part of his 12-person slate.

“I am one with Mayor Duterte in pushing transparency and accountability in public service that truly cares and genuinely serves the poorest of the poor,” Romualdez said.

On Sunday night, Duterte told reporters that the killing of some 1,000 criminals, many of them involved in the illegal drug trade, made Davao the fourth safest city in the world.

“Extrajudicial killings? I won’t exactly admit extrajudicial killings, but killings yes. Women, yes,” Duterte said.


Endorsement. Presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte endorses senatorial candidate and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez at the Century Park Hotel in Manila on Monday. Ver Noveno

In May, Duterte admitted his links to the Davao Death Squad, which was allegedly responsible for the summary execution of up to 1,000 criminals in the city.

He said he would kill “up to 100,000 criminals” if he is elected president.

Duterte also admitted he was a womanizer.

“That’s correct. I have a wife. I have a second wife,” Duterte said in his speech Sunday.

“I have two girlfriends. You want me for president? You need to know who I really am,” he said.

Duterte said he would not give up his worldly pleasures because he is running for president.

“That’s my happiness. If you don’t want me as president because I have four or five women, then vote for one of the other candidates,” he said.


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Duterte under fire for cursing Pope Francis ABS-CBNnews.com Posted at 11/30/15 7:39 PM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday came under fire for cursing at Pope Francis after he allegedly got caught in a traffic jam during the Catholic leader's visit in the Philippines in January.

Duterte was irate over the bad traffic situation in Metro Manila when he cursed at the Pope.

The Davao mayor, during his speech on Monday at the Century Park hotel where he was formally declared PDP-Laban standard-bearer, said he got stuck for 5 hours in a traffic gridlock because of Pope Francis.

“From the hotel to the airport, alam mo inabot kami ng… limang oras. Sabi ko bakit? Sabi pinasarado daw,” he said.

Duterte said a friend told him that the traffic jam was caused by the Pope's arrival.

"Gusto kong tawagan, 'Pope p******

This drew laughter from some of his supporters in the audience.

However, this was not received well by other people, including Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

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Duterte's outburst also drew flak from other people.

Duterte went overboard for cursing the Pope

— Jennifer Dominguez (@jenndominguezz) November 30, 2015
Duterte, you are being overconfident of yourself. Even the Pope srsly?

— Trishia (@chichapacha) November 30, 2015 Duterte denies cursing Pope Francis

Duterte later denied cursing Pope Francis.

The tough-talking mayor, however, clarified that he would still not invite the pontiff back to the country.

In an ambush interview at a radio station in Makati City where Duterte was also interviewed live on air, the presidential aspirant claimed that it was not Pope Francis who he was cursing, but the way the government handled the security preparations that led to closures of some roads resulting to massive traffic jams in the metro.

Duterte kept on saying that he peed in his car after being stuck for hours in traffic during the Pope's visit. This, he said, was evidence of incompetency on the part of the government.

"I never said p**** mo Pope. I said ‘‘t****, huwag ka na pumunta dito.’" he clarified, "You travel for five hours for five kilometers, you don’t use your heads! You allow people to endure hardships!”

He said if ever given the chance to talk to the Pope, he will suggest for him not to visit the Philippines again if it would mean more suffering for Filipinos.

Duterte said, "Sorry na lang Pope, nadali ka sa pitik ko, baka makarating ito sa Vatican, galit ako sa mga nasarahan, sinara ang mga daan, madami kaming naghirap Pope,” Duterte said.

“If he asks me, ‘are you inviting me again?’ ‘If people will suffer, can I say no this time,’" Duterte added.

"I don’t crave for ratings, I do not need praises, I will not die if I don’t become the president" Duterte said, "if you don’t like my character, the solution is do not vote for me." – with report from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News


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Bishops slam Duterte for cursing Pope Francis By Evelyn Macairan and Eva Visperas (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 2, 2015 - 12:00am 2 5 googleplus0 1


Former CBCP president retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz warned the public that Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte is “dangerous and worse than a dictator whom we knew once led our country.” Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines – He’s a womanizer who is worse than a dictator and does not deserve to lead the country, Catholic bishops said yesterday after Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cursed Pope Francis in public.

The newly proclaimed presidential candidate apologized yesterday and denied cursing the pontiff.

“Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title ‘honorable’?” Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a statement yesterday.

“We have so many leaders in office and many more aspiring to sit in office but are they examples of good citizenship? If the leaders we choose are to be leaders for national progress they must be visionaries and exemplary,” he added.

Former CBCP president retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz also warned the public that Duterte is “dangerous and worse than a dictator whom we knew once led our country.”


Pope Francis waves to the faithful from his Popemobile as his motorcade leaves the Presidential Palace for the Manila Cathedral Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 in Manila, Philippines.

During the proclamation rally of PDP-Laban on Monday, Duterte complained in front of his supporters about the traffic jams during the papal visit in January, saying he was stuck in traffic from the hotel to the airport because of road closures.

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“Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope p******, umuwi ka na. Huwag nang mag bisita dito (I wanted to call him and say, ‘Pope ******, go home. Do not visit us here),” said Duterte, a Catholic.

His remarks drew some laughter from the crowd.

Villegas expressed disgust at the crowd’s laughter.

“My countrymen have gone to the dregs,” the prelate said. “When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame.”

During an event on Sunday in Taguig, Duterte also admitted that he is a womanizer, providing details about having two wives and two girlfriends.

In releasing personal details of his life, the mayor said he wanted the public to know him for who he is. He also stressed that no public funds were used to support his girlfriends.

Gabriela women’s party-list slammed Duterte for objectifying women after photos of the mayor kissing female supporters sitting on his lap were released on social media.

Gabriela Rep. Emmerenciana de Jesus said womanizing and treating women as objects are an affront to women and should not be flaunted.

“This reeks of machismo and reinforces the society’s low regard of women and consequently increases women’s vulnerability to violence and abuse. This is both distasteful and unacceptable,” she said.

“The usual face of corruption that we recognize easily is stealing from public funds.

Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces,” Villegas said.

“Adultery is corruption. It makes married love cheap and uses people for pleasure. Adultery corrupts the family; it destroys children and victimizes the weak,” he added.

Villegas said that vulgarity is also corruption and “when we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people.”

Cruz also warned Filipinos that Duterte’s earlier statement that he would kill anyone who he thinks committed wrong is a sign that Duterte has no regard for human rights.

“But to say he will kill anyone he thinks commits wrong and urge the people to put up more funeral parlors and has no regard for human rights, that is another thing,” Cruz said. “He thinks he is above God and does what he wants although the Lord said no.”

“This man is dangerous if he holds power because he considers himself god,” he added in Filipino. – With Eva Visperas, Delon Porcalla, Jess Diaz, Evelyn Macairan, Paolo Romero


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Duterte: I was sexually abused as a child
posted December 02, 2015 at 12:01 am by Sara Susanne D. Fabunan and John Paolo Bencito


CBCP president Socrates Villegas

CATHOLIC Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Socrates Villegas expressed his disgust Tuesday over PDP-Laban standard bearer Rodrigo Duterte for cursing Pope Francis in a speech Monday, and denounced his adultery, killing and vulgarity as forms of corruption.

While Duterte supporters sought to do damage control, the Davao City mayor shot back at the Catholic Church, saying he was abused as a child by a Catholic priest when he was studying at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University.

“I was abused by one of you when I was young,” Duterte said, addressing himself to Church leaders who criticized him. “Priests are also corrupt.”

When pressed for details about his abuse, Duterte blurted: “The priest was holding my penis, where else?”

He said his revelations would “destroy the church and the present status of so many priests.”

“I will tell you the names of the prominent persons who were my batch mates [in the Ateneo.] All of us were victims of sexual abuses committed against minors at that time, including me. And I will tell you my story.”

“We are all abused! Sexually!” Duterte exclaimed.

In a statement posted on his personal Facebook account, the CBCP president urged all Filipino voters to think twice before choosing Duterte as president.

“Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title “Honorable”? I grieve for my country,”Villegas said.

Villegas’ statement came after Duterte delivered a speech on Monday where he cursed Pope Francis for causing traffic during his visit to Manila in January.

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Duterte said that he was trapped in traffic in Manila for five hours because of that.

“I wanted to call out, Pope, son of a b----, go home. Don’t visit us here,” he said.

Villegas also said he grieved for Filipinos who found Duterte’s vulgarity funny, saying that individuals who tolerated such behavior by laughing at it were themselves becoming “beastly and barbaric.”

“Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people,” Villegas said.

“When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laughs, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countrymen have gone to the dregs,” he said.

He said that the kind of president that voters should choose are “visionaries and exemplary.”

“What the world desperately needs now is leadership by example. We have so many leaders in office and many more aspiring to sit in office but are they examples of good citizenship? If the leaders we choose are to be leaders for national progress they must be visionaries and exemplary,” Villegas said.

He said that corruption may be rooted to Philippine politics, but said that “killing, adultery and vulgarity” are also forms of corruption.

“Corruption is indeed a great scourge of Philippine politics. The usual face of corruption that we recognize easily is stealing from public funds. Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces. Killing people is corruption. Killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention. Adultery is corruption. It makes married love cheap and uses people for pleasure. Adultery corrupts the family; it destroys children and victimizes the weak. Vulgarity is corruption,” he said.

Duterte, who substituted PDP-Laban presidential aspirant Martin Diño, has admitted earlier that he is a womanizer and has already killed some 1,000 criminals in Davao.

Other bishops also lambasted Duterte, calling him “irresponsible and disrespectful.”

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said if parents do not want to learn their kids curse, they should be careful in choosing their next leader.

Cotobato Auxiliary Bishop Jose Collin Bagaforo said people should have second thoughts about Duterte’s candidacy, saying what he did in Davao might not be applicable to the entire country.

He also warned that if Duterte becomes president, the country might slip back into a dictatorship.

Duterte supporter and former governor Manny Piñol quoted Duterte as apologizing for his remarks about the Pope.

“I can never curse my Pope. I was cursing at incompetence. If it was taken by some in that light, I sincerely apologize. I will continue to curse so our suffering nation takes action,” Piñol quoted Duterte as saying in a Facebook post.

In a statement late Tuesday afternoon, Duterte said that it was never his intention to malign the Pope.

“Mayor Rody Duterte expressed sadness and regret that the part of his speech mentioning Pope Francis in relation to the monstrous traffic gridlock in January, came across as being disrespectful to the person of His Holiness Pope Francis. It was farthest from his mind and was never his intention,” the statement said.

“[Duterte] acknowledges that he should have explained better his point on the matter of that monstrous traffic gridlock. His strong statement on the incompetence of those in government to address the traffic problem in Metro Manila was his expression of anger borne out of the helplessness of the millions of commuters suffering from this daily gridlock.”

“Mayor Rody also fully understands the reactions of many who, at the very least, are displeased and disappointed at this unfortunate and regrettable incident.”

On Monday, towards the end of his rambling, obscenity-filled speech at the Century Park Hotel in Manila after being proclaimed as PDP-Laban standard bearer together with Senator Alan Peter Cayetano as his vice-president, Duterte lashed out at Pope Francis, blaming him for causing traffic jams in Metro Manila when he visited in January.

On Monday night, Duterte also said he would withdraw from the presidential race if Pope Francis was offended by his profanity.

“If the Pope said that he is hurt [by my statements], then I will withdraw tomorrow,” Duterte said in an interview with TV5.

In an ambush interview after his expletive-laced speech at the Century Park Hotel, Duterte said Pope Francis wouldn’t take issue with his comments.

“The Pope is compassionate. He would understand me. If you have to pee inside a car, would you be happy with that?” Duterte added, referring to the time he was stuck in traffic.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda attacked Duterte for cursing the Pope, posting on Twitter: “Mayor Duterte, you can say all you want about politicians but you don’t curse my Pope Francis! #defendthepope”.

In the Senate, Cayetano again defended Duterte while Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile likened him to tycoon Donald Trump, who is seeking the presidency in the United States.

Cayetano said Duterte’s anger and frustration were actually directed at government failures, not at the head of the Catholic Church.

“Pope Francis is a man of God. He is loved and respected by millions of people, from different religious affiliations worldwide, Mayor Duterte included. But even Pope Francis would never allow people to suffer at his expense,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano insisted Duterte cursed only the traffic and not Pope Francis.

“It is unfortunate that the mayor’s statements were grossly taken out of context. Mayor Duterte deeply respects religious beliefs and the Filipino’s spirituality. Those who know him can attest to this. He himself has a deep relationship with God. He doesn’t talk about it publicly but I know this personally having discovered this through my constant engagement with him,” Cayetano added.

Cayetano said he understands that Catholic bishops were angered by Duterte’s speech.

“Mayor Duterte’s environment and experience brought him up speaking tough, rough and uncensored. The mayor came from a time and place of great conflict and suffering. While the mayor’s words and statements were stronger than what is deemed socially accepted by some, and may rub some in the wrong way, the most important thing is, he is authentic and his heart is in the right place. He is who he is. He will always fight for the people and never allow them to suffer,” Cayetano said.

“We are here to change the country, not to change him,” he added.

Enrile said Duterte is skilled in politics.

“I think he says- I am not pretending. I’m telling you what I a. You take me for what I am. Now if you will elect me, they you know the kind of person I am.”


Senate Minority Leader Juan Ponce Enrile likened him to tycoon Donald Trump

He compared him to Trump, who is rating well despite or because he attacks and offends people.

But he added he was unsure if the strategy would work well for Duterte.

“Well, he’s going to the extreme situation to test the smoothness or roughness of Philippine society. Normally people who aspire for high office would be very prudent in their statements. They are guarded. But you have a man who’s telling who he is,” Enrile said.

“You’re very curious about the man so that’s a part of strategy. Maybe, he’s doing it for people to talk about him. Everybody is now curious—some are angry, some are taken aback but everybody’s getting an interest about him,” he added.

In his remarks to reporters, Duterte said it took him seven years to finish high school after being expelled from the Ateneo de Davao University for misconduct. He was then sent by his father to a distant school in Digos City, the Holy Cross of Digos, where he eventually finished his secondary education.

Duterte lashed out at the Catholic Church for being “all-sacred” despite its sins.

“I said, look at you priests and bishops… This religion is not so sacred,” he added.

Duterte challenged the CBCP to seek his withdrawal so that the Church’s “darkest secrets will be revealed.”

“File for my withdrawal and I will withdraw. Then I will challenge you to a debate and reveal your dark secrets,” Duterte said.

Ateneo de Davao University said that they could not comment on Duterte’s allegations as it was not familiar with his past, and he was not a graduate of the university. – With Macon Ramos-Araneta and Sandy Araneta


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Duterte identifies priest who molested him By Edith Regalado (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 5, 2015 - 12:00am 4 1788 googleplus1 4


Mayor Rodrigo Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines — It involved mere touching and it contributed to his sexual awakening, but the memory of being fondled against his wish when he was a high school freshman is vivid enough for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to remember the identity of the sexual molester.

“Ang pari na yan ay si Father Paul Falvey,” Duterte told reporters here Thursday night, pointing to a priest of the Ateneo de Davao University (ADDU) in the 1950s.

Duterte was quick to point out that Falvey died many years ago and that he had already forgiven the priest.

The mayor identified the priest after some sectors challenged him to name the priest he said molested him during his younger years at the Ateneo de Davao.

Duterte stressed that it was more of fondling that the late priest did to him.

“Kami naman hinipo lang (We were just fondled),” the mayor said.

Duterte also stressed that he did not intend to file any complaint as suggested by the ADDU management as well as the Society of Jesus congregation in the country.

“Ayaw ko yong sinasabi nilang (I don’t like what they’re saying) I will file a complaint. No, I wouldn’t file any complaint,” Duterte said.

The mayor confessed that what the priest did to him awakened his sexuality.

Asked why he did not file a complaint at the time against Falvey, Duterte said. “I was young then and I was afraid of what will happen.”

“It was a case of fondling — you know what — which he did during confession, that’s how we lost our innocence… It happened during our generation, two years ahead of us and two years following us,” Duterte said, explaining that the priest also molested other high school students at the Ateneo at the time.

“It was a sort of sexual awakening for each of us,” Duterte said. “Each and everyone of us have our own sexual awakening.”

Duterte said that while he and his batchmates did not file any case against Falvey, the priest was reportedly made to pay millions in the United States where he was later assigned.

“It cost him (Falvey) about P25 million because other victims filed a case, you know it in America,” the mayor said.

“We realized quite early that ganun talaga ang buhay. Paano magreklamo? Takot kami (such is life. How could we complain? We were scared),” Duterte added, stressing that fear got the better of any intent to complain, especially since they were freshmen and might get “whacked.”

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Duterte also shrugged off suggestions that he file charges against the Church, because that would be like hauling Catholics to court.

“Priests have no money, and what if they say they are only human? They have no business, no mall, no transportation. And they say they will ask for a second collection from us to pay Duterte. Who will pay for damages but the people? Even I, if I go to church there, I will also pay.” he said.

The mayor likewise said he has high regard for Archbishop Oscar Cruz who came out as one of his strongest critics after he cussed Pope Francis early this week.

“He is very frank and he is very brutal in his language. I respect him because it was not him. It was an actionable wrong and I was only 14, 16. I am now 70 years old. How do you suppose I should file any criminal case? It has prescribed,” Duterte said.

Duterte also explained that he has not changed religion.

“I am a member of His flock. I have not changed religion, still a Christian, and I have this deep and abiding faith in God. I only have one God,” he added.

‘Hypocrites’

Duterte also lambasted priests that he said are hypocrites.

“There are priests who ask for anything from politicians and then there are also priests who have families,” Duterte said.

The ADDU has told Duterte to put into writing the alleged sexual abuse he went through at the hands of a Jesuit priest while he was a high school student at the school.

“Allegations about sexual abuse in the past, involving a Jesuit priest, would need to be made in writing to the provincial superior of the Society of Jesus for proper investigation and appropriate response according to the protocols of the Society of Jesus for these cases,” the ADDU said in a statement on Wednesday.

The university also pointed out how it was saddened by the allegations of Duterte.

”We hold Mayor Duterte in our prayers,” the ADDU statement further said.

Duterte was once enrolled at the ADDU before he transferred to the Holy Cross of Digos College in Digos City, Davao del Sur after being expelled twice from previous schools, including one involving alleged misconduct.

Duterte later graduated high school at Holy Cross of Digos College.

Duterte spent his elementary years at the Sta. Ana Elementary School in Davao City, where he graduated in 1956.

Duterte finished his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Lyceum of the Philippines University in Manila, where he graduated in 1968. He also obtained a law degree from San Beda College Manila in 1972.

Demolition


Partido Demokratiko Pilipino (PDP) was founded in 1982 by Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. and a group of protesters against the authoritarian government of Ferdinand Marcos. These protesters include the leaders of Davao City and Cagayan de Oro City, such as Zafiro L. Respicio, Rey Magno Teves, Cesar R. Ledesma, Samuel Oceña, Crispin Lanorias and Morgs Cua.By 1983, PDP had formed a coalition with the Lakas ng Bayan (Filipino for "Strength of the Nation") party, founded earlier by former Senator Benigno (Ninoy) Aquino, Jr. in 1978. In 1986, the two groups merged to form the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan or PDP LABAN FROM WIKIWAND.COM

A PDP-Laban source said a pastoral letter allegedly prepared by a top church official close to the Aquino administration is set to be circulated and read in Catholic churches nationwide to allegedly signal the start of a “demolition job” to disqualify Duterte from the presidential elections.

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines lamented Duterte’s cussing Pope Francis in a speech during the Partido Demokratikong Pilipino-Laban proclamation of the mayor as the party’s presidential candidate.

“The pastoral letter planned to be read in parishes nationwide is part of a demolition job, aside from a disqualification case to be filed at the Commission on Elections… part of the well orchestrated move to remove Duterte from the presidential race,” a source said.

The source said Duterte has explained and apologized for the “anti-pope” statement he made during his proclamation as PDP-Laban presidential bet and that his frustration was not aimed at Pope Francis but against the worsening traffic and incompetent government officials.

He said operators were quick to grab the opportunity and began a media blitz inciting the Catholic faithful to reject Duterte.

The source said the top church official is allegedly spearheading the move to disseminate the pastoral letter soon.

“We expect the demolition job to intensify in the coming days and we are prepared to counter such move,” he said.

He said the disqualification case filed before the Comelec was also a preemptive move against Duterte’s certificate of candidacy (COC).


Dino withdraws COC as PDP-Laban's standard-bearer, names Duterte as his substitute FROM NORTHBOUNDASIA.COM

Ruben Castor yesterday filed a petition before the Comelec to declare as null and void the COC of Martin Diño.

Diño, initially the presidential bet of PDP-Laban, later withdrew his COC for president to make way for his substitute Duterte.

Substituting for Diño, Duterte had filed his own COC for president.

Castor said Duterte, however, “should not substitute for Diño who filed a COC that is void, legally nonexistent and without legal effect; hence, substitution shall likewise be void.”

Diño reportedly filed a COC for mayor of Pasay City, and not for president.

Meanwhile, Duterte said that he would not appoint any politician to his Cabinet should he become president.

“I will not get politicians. I will get young men who will really work,” Duterte said.

However, Duterte refused to divulge any name that he might include in his Cabinet.

“I really want the young ones who will really work and produce results,” the mayor said.

Duterte said he wants young people who are idealistic and imbued with love of country.

“I want the young ones who are not prone to graft and corruption,” the mayor added.

Duterte said he still has to firm up the final list of senatorial candidates he will endorse.

He said he is inclined to support former military or police officials who are running for the Senate in next year’s polls.

Duterte said he will let his friend Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquaio join the senatorial ticket of Vice President Jejomar Binay. – With Perseus Echeminada

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Duterte dared: Tell all on priest abuses By Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) | Updated December 3, 2015 - 12:00am 2 11 googleplus0 0


Bishop of Manila said that if Duterte, who has joined the May 2016 presidential race, feels that he was abused then he should say it. If he was abused, even if he has not yet filed a complaint about it, he should have said something a long time ago. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines - Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo yesterday dared Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte to tell all on the sexual abuse he claims to have suffered at the hands of priests when he was a young student.

Pabillo, once the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Public Affairs Committee chairman, said the 70-year-old mayor should “immediately tell what happened.”

“This is what Pope Francis had said, that people should come out so the matter can be investigated,” Pabillo said.

He said that if Duterte, who has joined the May 2016 presidential race, feels that he was abused then he should say it. If he was abused, even if he has not yet filed a complaint about it, he should have said something a long time ago.

“This happened to him a long time ago, yet he kept it to himself,” said Pabillo.

The bishop said he pities Duterte because he has been carrying this burden for a long time and he has not said anything about it.

Pabillo added that priests, just like others, are not perfect.

“All of us have made mistakes. Then he could also criticize us. We would also fix our shortcomings,” he explained.

He is only hoping that when Duterte makes a comment, it would lead to the cleansing of their ranks in the church.

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As to the challenge to have a debate with Duterte, Pabillo said that he does not see the need for it.

“What for? We did not say that he should not run. He just showed the public what he really is, would you vote for him? Does he deserve to win (the presidency)?” Pabillo asked.

Meanwhile, retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz, former CBCP president, said, “I am begging the good mayor on bended knees to please go to the civil court and there file a case against priests and together with his companions, whom he claims were all abused.”


Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo

He said that before the court, those who were abused by priests could narrate how and when these instances happened.

“The Church does not condone these actions. Instead of talking and talking, file a case and let us see what is it all about, because otherwise if you cannot prove that then you should have kept your mouth shut,” Cruz added.

The women’s group Gabriela said Duterte’s statements and actions that denigrate women run counter to their principle of upholding women’s rights.

“Womanizing and treating women as objects is an affront to women and it should not be flaunted. This reeks of machismo, reinforces the society’s low regard of women, and consequently heightens women’s vulnerability to violence and abuse. This is both distasteful and unacceptable,” noted Gabriela secretary-general Joms Salvador.

Malacañang yesterday called on Duterte to be more circumspect in his remarks.

“I think it’s not a question of using Pope Francis in the first place, if he’d not mentioned Pope Francis’ name, nothing of this sort would ever arise,” presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said, referring to Duterte’s reported swearing on the pope when the mayor was caught in traffic in Manila during the papal visit.

“So, it’s about being more conscientious of what you say as public official. It’s an expression of indignation of Catholics who love Pope Francis,” he said. “I suppose if you view the ordinary netizens, they have expressed indignation over what he said.”

Gabriela and the Gabriela Women’s Party reiterate the call to all candidates, especially those running for the highest positions, especially Duterte, to refrain from making statements and committing acts that are offensive to women.

“Those setting their sights on ruling the country must impose upon themselves the highest standards towards uplifting society’s views on women and helping ensure the protection of women from abuse,” Salvador added.

The group urged Duterte and other candidates to delve into platforms and discuss women and people’s issues rather than issue statements and actions that malign women. With Delon Porcalla, Rhodina Villanueva


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Jesuit priest who allegedly molested Duterte had other victims (UPDATED) Rappler.com Published 7:01 PM, December 04, 2015 Updated 8:52 PM, December 04, 2015 42 5K Reddit Email 5K

The presidential aspirant says the now deceased Fr Mark Falvey SJ abused several other students at Ateneo de Davao


ABUSED. Presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte identifies the priest who abused him and other high school students at Ateneo de Davao. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night, December 3, identified the Jesuit priest who allegedly abused him in high school, and said he was “afraid” to file a complaint at the time.

But he added he had already forgiven the priest who was his teacher when he was a freshman student at the Ateneo de Davao high school.

The now deceased priest, Mark* Falvey SJ, also reportedly molested other students, according to Duterte.

Duterte was a student of Ateneo de Davao high school before he was expelled and went to Holy Cross of Digos.

Duterte told Rappler, "I will not file a case against the priest because I belong to the Catholic Church," while some of those molested reportedly filed complaints. Falvey, according to Duterte, was ordered to pay "P16* million” in damages.

Father Emmanuel Alfonso SJ, spokesman of the Philippine Province of the Society of Jesus, later clarified that Falvey belonged to the Far East Province of their religious order.

"They were all kicked out of China during Mao Tse Tung's takeover and stayed in the Philippines while waiting for a possible return to China. He went back to the USA after 5 or 6 years and died there in '75," the Jesuit spokesman said in a text message Friday, December 4.

Alfonso added: "He was posthumously accused of abuses committed [in the US], and I think if there were any settlements, Mayor Duterte may be referring to that. He never belonged to the Philippine Province." Complaints or cases are brought before the province that a Jesuit belongs to.

Alfonso said the Philippine Province researched on Falvey only after Duterte talked about the abuse that the priest allegedly committed.

Lost innocence

The presidential aspirant first revealed the abuse he allegedly suffered in the hands of a priest after he was criticized for jokingly cursing the Pope for the traffic that the latter’s visit caused in Metro Manila last January.

“It was a case of fondling – you know what – he did during confession, that’s how we lost our innocence early,” he said.

“I was only 14 or 15, I am now 70 years old. How do you suppose I should file a case?” Duterte said.

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Duterte's disclosure was in response to the bishops’ admonition. He challenged Catholic bishops to answer for sexual abuses of priests.

Duterte's revelation on sexual abuse surprised even his daughter Sara who told reporters her father never opened up about it to them.

Earlier, Rappler published stories about the sex abuse suffered by a former Ateneo de Zamboanga high school student in the hands of a Jesuit seminarian about 30 years ago. – with reports by Editha Caduaya and Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler.com

*Editor's Note: In a previous version of this story, the priest was identified as Paul Falvey SJ. This was corrected to Mark Falvey. The previous amount cited as having been paid by Falvey was P25 million; Duterte said it was P16 million.

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CBCP wants ‘The Punisher’ punished after cursing Pope
Written by Tribune Wires Wednesday, 02 December 2015 00:00 By Ted Tuvera


DUTERTE popularly known as Dirty Harry or The Punisher in bizarre speech.

Catholic bishops showed outrage yesterday at presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte popularly known as “Dirty Harry” or “The Punisher” after he made a rambling and obscenity-filled speech cursing Pope Francis.

Duterte, whose hardline anti-crime reputation has seen him compared with Clint Eastwood’s no-nonsense enforcer, sparked the ire of the influential Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) which questioned if he deserves to be president.

“When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laughs, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame,” said a statement, issued by the group’s president, Archbishop Socrates Villegas.

The comments are a rare personal criticism of a presidential candidate from senior church leaders in the largely-Roman Catholic nation.

Duterte issued the contrioversial statement the other day when he was named the PDP-Laban standard bearer, referencing a January visit to Manila by Pope Francis whom he blamed for a massive traffic jam.

“Pope, you son of a whore, why don’t you go home,” he said, to the guffaws of a crowd of supporters.

Duterte also boasted of having mistresses and of killing suspected criminals, a frequent accusation leveled against him by human rights advocates.

The bishops said these remarks raised further questions about Duterte.

“Killing people is corruption. Killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention. Adultery is corruption... Vulgarity is corruption,” the CBCP statement said.

“Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title “Honorable”? it added.

Duterte has openly boasted of his ferocity and brutality toward criminals, even as rights advocates say that he tolerates or controls “death squads” who kill suspected criminals in his city.

In a report earlier this year, Human Rights Watch said Duterte’s so-called “Davao Death Squad” had killed more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of the city.

The Philippines has long been saddled with a “culture of impunity” where powerful figures feel they can kill people without fear of punishment.



“What the world desperately needs now is leadership by example. We have so many leaders in office and many more aspiring to sit in office but are they examples of good citizenship? If the leaders we choose are to be leaders for national progress they must be visionaries and exemplary,” Villegas said.

The CBCP president further elaborated that “corruption is indeed a great scourge of Philippine politics”.

“The usual face of corruption that we recognize easily is stealing from public funds.

Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces,” Villegas said.

“Killing people is corruption. Killing is a crime and a sin whether it is done by criminals or public officials no matter what the intention. Adultery is corruption. It makes married love cheap and uses people for pleasure. Adultery corrupts the family; it destroys children and victimizes the weak. Vulgarity is corruption,” the Bishop said.

It rare for the CBCP to issue statements against specific public officials it criticizes.

No problem, i’ll quit — Duterte

Meanwhile, Duterte, after being a target of criticisms in social media, said that he is willing to withdraw from the presidential race as soon as Pope Francis makes a personal response.

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“I would address myself to the highest hierarchy of the Roman Catholic Church. If you think that I have offended, which is never really, in the first place, not meant to do it, if you can’t forgive me, the hierarchy or by the Vatican, then say: ‘We are offended and we demand that you withdraw from the presidential contest,’ I will tomorrow withdraw. No problem,” the feisty presidential bet said in a television interview on Monday night.

“If the Pope says that he’s offended, go ahead, I’m willing to withdraw tomorrow. I will sign the withdrawal. I will answer for my deeds if it’s indeed a misdeed, but it was just part of my tongue,” he added.

On the other hand, political analyst University of Santo Tomas (UST) Prof. Edmund Tayao, in an interview, said that Duterte’s foul-mouthing isn’t really unusual at all.

“It has been his style, more of a charm-magnet to attract people’s attention toward his erratic means. And, as far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing new with his style,” Tayao said.

Tayao further explained that Duterte’s popularity in Metro Manila is because of the somewhat “positive and progressive projection” of Davao City under Duterte’s watch.

“Most of the people here in Metro Manila are expecting a lot from an administration that is doing a sort of tough love. Now, it is yet to be proven effective on a national scale,” he added.

For his part, University of the Philippines (UP) social science Prof. Mykel Andrada says that Duterte’s style of expressing things will utterly doom his supposed popularity.

“After seeing and hearing Duterte valorize via confession as election strategy, his womanizing, it is disappointing and arrogant. I can only imagine a dictatorship of a patriarch,” Andrada said in a text message.
“Duterte’s is as if converting the electoral system into a drinking session and stag party,” he added.

Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda, in a statement, said that Duterte will be left for the Filipino’s judgment in the coming elections, when asked to comment on the Davao executive’s supposed womanizing ways.

“The people will be the ultimate judge of each and every candidate from the national to the local elections,” he said. “Let the people decide on who they want to be their leaders. You know, it’s up to the people.”

More brickbats head Duterte’s way

Party-list representatives also lashed at presidential aspirant, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo “Duterte for cursing Pope Francis, blaming him for creating a monstrous traffic jam when he visited the country last January and for flaunting before the world the womanizing side of him.

Buhay Rep. Lito Atienza said their party has voted unanimously to condemn the statements of Duterte against His Holiness Pope Francis, calling it a direct assault on the Catholic faith.

“We Catholics consider the Pope as the representative and continuing presence of Christ on earth. And to speak of him in that manner is a grievous affront to all Catholics,” Atienza said.



Atienza was referring to Duterte’s speech at a political rally announcing his presidential bid. He blamed the Pope for the traffic jams in Manila during the papal visit last January, saying “Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope putang ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang magbisita dito. (Pope, you son of a bitch, go home. Don’t visit here anymore.)”

“The traffic jams during the Pope’s public appearances in Manila were caused by the people who wanted to see him, and not by the Pope himself,” said Atienza.

“It is not the fault of the Holy Pope millions of people come to him and pay him respect everywhere he goes. While we respect the right of Mayor Duterte to express his feelings, he should also respect the right of every Filipino to express and demonstrate their faith. We cannot accept any cursing made against the Holy Pope,” Atienza added.

“I would like to believe that Mayor Duterte was merely trying to attract attention and be his usual controversial self when he made that statement. While we respect his right to run for president, he should also respect every Filipino’s right to express their faith,” said Atienza.

“His presidential run is one big opportunity for the millions of Catholic our verdict on him,” Atienza averred.

Gabriela Rep. Emmie de Jesus also lashed at Duterte for flaunting his womanizing ways saying his statements and actions that denigrate women run counter with their group’s principle of upholding respect for women.

“Womanizing and treating women as objects are an affront to women and it should not be flaunted. This reeks of machismo, reinforces the society’s low regard of women and consequently increases women’s vulnerability to violence and abuse. This is both distasteful and unacceptable,” said de Jesus.

“Gabriela and Gabriela Women’s Party reiterate the call to all candidates especially those running for the highest position, including and especially Duterte to refrain from making statements and committing acts that are offensive to women,” she said.

De Jesus called on “those setting their sights on ruling the country to impose upon themselves, the highest standards towards uplifting society’s views on women and helping ensure the protection of women from abuse.”

“We urge Duterte and other candidates to delve into platforms and discuss women’s and people’s issues rather than employ derogatory statements and actions that malign women,” de Jesus said.

PDP-Laban smarts from Duterte quip


DUTERTE AND ALLIES

Political allies of Duterte were also the object of crticisms for his controversial trash talk.

Duterte’s supporters, Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel and Alan Peter Cayetano tried to sweep under the rug the issue on his repeated use of expletives, even in public engagements, saying that it’s all just part of the colorful language that the Davao mayor is known for.

But Pimentel was apologetic especially on the issue concerning Pope Francis saying that Duterte was not directly attacking the Catholic Church leader or the Church hierarchy.

“I have heard his explanation and he said that if the Church hierarchy feels that he has committed a grave error and if the Church hierarchy will tell him to withdraw (his presidential bid), he will withdraw but there was no such order so I think he will continue with his candidacy,” he said.

Cayetano, who is Duterte’s running mate said the mayor was merely expressing his frustration and anger on the government’s failures, especially the traffic situation and was not directed at Pope Francis.


DUTERTE and RUNNINGMATE CAYETANO

“It is unfortunate that the mayor’s statements were grossly taken out of context. Duterte deeply respects religious beliefs and the Filipino’s spirituality. Those who know him can attest to this. He himself has a deep relationship with God. He doesn’t talk about it publicly but I know this personally having discovered this through my constant engagement with him,” Cayetano said.

The senator said he understands CBCP President Archbishop Soc Villegas’ statement on Duterte’s alleged remarks against the Pope.

“Duterte’s environment and experience brought him up speaking tough, rough and uncensored. The Mayor came from a time and place of great conflict and suffering. While the Mayor’s words and statements were stronger than what is deemed socially accepted by some, and may rub some in the wrong way, the most important thing is, he is authentic and his heart is in the right place. He is who he is. He will always fight for the people and never allow them to suffer,” Cayetano said.

Cayetano also questioned the sincerity of Press Secretary Lacierda in defending the Pope.


LACIERDA

The senator said Lacierda himself justified the whitewashing of the hiding of the poor during the Pope’s visit in the country. He also said the government’s lack of action in defending the public from problems like the 'tanim-bala' scam and the pilferage or taxing on balikbayan boxes are a disservice to Pope Francis’ faithful following.

“Lacierda obviously wanted to anger the people by using Pope Francis to score propaganda points but would the Pope be in favor of hiding street families when he visited? Did he believe the Pope would understand if he knew of the inconvenience in traffic on the places he visit when this could have been avoided through preparation?” Cayetano asked.
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