Sunday, July 15, 2018
Close  
  • share this

Church bells toll as Duterte hits priests in speech on their alleged illicit affairs 

By: - Reporter / @NCorralesINQ
/ 08:50 PM June 20, 2018
Rodrigo Duterte in Cabatuan - 20 June 2018

President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech at the Cabatuan Covered Gym in Cabatuan town on Wednesday, June 20, 2018. (Photo from an RTVM video)

President Rodrigo Duterte paused for less than a minute as church bells tolled during a speech in Cabatuan town in Iloilo on Wednesday.

The President was talking about the illicit affiars of the priests when the bells suddenly tolled.

“It’s the tolling of the bells,” he said, then remained silent for 46 seconds.

ADVERTISEMENT

“Is that Angelus? Is that for me? To the Catholics here, let’s pray. The priest might get angry,” he added.

The President, who has cursed priests and the Catholic Church, explained why he kept silent, saying: “You know, I do not want to create a scene, but you know I have my duty. I am a Christian and I believe in God, I respect the tolling of the bells.”

The Catholic Church has earned the President’s ire of Duterte for criticizing his policies, especially his brutal war on drugs.

Amid the spate on killing of priests, criticks said Duterte’s attacks on the Church has emboldened killers to kill priests.

“Wala kaming policy na galit kami sa pari. Nothing of that sort. As a matter of fact nirerespeto ko ‘yung Simbahan. Ang akin lang mahinto lang itong a few bishops na medyo ‘yung sabi na nili-link nila ang gobyerno [to the killings],” he said.

“Sa totoo lang, hindi ko kayang magpatay ng pari, pati babae, bata,” he added.

The President was in Cabatuan to lead the distribution of 3,772 Certificates of Land Ownership Award (CLOAs) to agrarian reform beneficiaries in the Western Visayas region in a ceremony at the Cabatuan Covered Gym. /atm

ADVERTISEMENT
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Angelus, church bells, Rodrigo Duterte, war on drugs
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2018 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.