Duterte on Pope Francis: ‘Bilib ako, saludo talaga ako’
MANILA, Philippines — Despite his repeated criticisms of the Catholic Church, President Rodrigo Duterte expressed his approval of Pope Francis whom he once cursed for allegedly causing traffic during his visit to the Philippines in 2015.
“Itong pope ngayon, progressive ‘to. Diyan ako, bilib ako. Saludo talaga ako dito,” Duterte said on Thursday during the unveiling of the marker of Mella Hotel in Las Piñas City.
Even with his approval of the Pope, it did not stop Duterte from attacking the Catholic Church, who has been critical of his war on drugs and criminality.
He again attacked the clergy for their “scandal,” as he cited the book “Altar Secrets,” which exposes the scandals of the priests and bishops.
He reiterated his claim that most Catholic priests are gays.
“Eighty-five percent of them are homosexual. Alam ninyo ‘yan. Iyong ibang naiwan na 15, ayun, nagkakalat sa mundo,” he said.
He earlier claimed that 90 percent of priests were gays.
“When you use religion as a platform to attack me, then do not be surprised,” he said.
Duterte has earned the ire of the Catholics after he called God “stupid” and questioned the creation theory in the Bible.
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