Two opposition senators on Wednesday blamed President Rodrigo Duterte for the death threats against Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after the President made similar threats in the past. David, a vocal critic of the government's drug war, said he has been receiving death threats from unknown people since two weeks ago. Duterte critic Bishop David admits getting death threats The threats came right after the President said bishops are "better off dead" and even hinted that a certain Bishop "David" was stealing donations. Duterte accuses prelate of using Church donations for personal use “Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo. Walang silbi iyang mga gagong iyan. All they do is criticize,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang. Last Monday, the President appealed to the public not to harm leaders of the Catholic Church, despite repeatedly urging drug addicts and criminals to maul, kill and steal from moneyed bishops. Duterte urges public not to harm Catholic … [Read more...] about News ‘Like Pontius Pilate’: 2 senators blame Duterte for death threats vs bishop
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MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte’s critics, not his rhetoric, should be blamed for death threats on Catholic clerics, Malacañang said yesterday. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the opposition made a big deal out of Duterte’s “hyperbole” that drug addicts should rob and kill moneyed bishops. “If one is a drug addict, it doesn’t matter to him who endorsed. You know, drug addicts are crazy... Their brains have been affected so there is no need for encouragement from anyone to do something bad against a person,” Panelo said at a press briefing. “If it’s hyperbole, then it’s not an encouragement. It is only the opposition, the critics who make it so. That is precisely why they should be blamed for that, not him,” he added. In one of his speeches last month, Duterte called on drug addicts to rob and kill bishops, whom he described as “useless.” Catholic bishops are critics of … [Read more...] about Palace on threats vs clergy: Don’t look at us
Palace: Duterte's anti-Church tirades not to blame for death threats vs priests MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte's critics, not his rhetoric, should be blamed for the threats against Catholic clergymen, Malacañang said Tuesday. Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said the opposition made a big deal out of Duterte's "hyperbole" that drug addicts should rob and kill moneyed bishops. "If one is a drug addict, it doesn't matter to him who endorsed. You know, drug addicts are crazy... Their brains have been affected so there is no need for encouragement from anyone to do something bad against a person," presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a press briefing. "If it's a hyperbole, then it's not an encouragement. It is only the opposition, the critics who make it so. That is precisely why they should be blamed for that, not him," he added. READ: Duterte changes tune, now warns those threatening to harm priests Last … [Read more...] about Palace: Duterte’s anti-Church tirades not to blame for death threats vs priests
MANILA - Will another dialogue between Catholic bishops and President Rodrigo Duterte finally put an end to the worsening word war between the two camps? An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) had this question amid talk of another discussion between Church leaders and the firebrand leader. Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of CBCP's Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, said there is still no guarantee that Duterte will stop hurling attacks against the clergy even if they agree to hold another meeting. "Can that dialogue stop the president from hurling invectives, threats and insults to the Catholic Church? It may appear to be a noble initiative but the last time it happened, nothing of what was expected came out of it," Secillano said in an interview with Radio Veritas on Thursday. The priest added that instead of focusing on his tirades against the prelates, the government should direct their efforts in addressing more … [Read more...] about News CBCP exec: Will fresh dialogue stop Duterte’s attacks vs bishops?
MANILA- Activist "running priest" Robert Reyes called on Filipino prelates on Thursday to answer President Rodrigo Duterte after the latter said bishops are better off dead. Duterte, in a speech on Wednesday, said bishops have no use. He has recently stepped up his verbal attacks against Catholic prelates, especially against Caloocan Bishop Pablo David, one of his most ardent critics in the Catholic Church. “Itong mga obispo ninyo, patayin ninyo. Walang silbi iyang mga gagong iyan. (Kill your bishops. They have no use.) All they do is criticize,” Duterte said in a speech in Malacañang. 'Patayin ninyo': Duterte says bishops better off dead Reyes appealed specifically to Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. “Puwede magsalita na kayo Cardinal Tagle? (Can you speak up Cardinal Tagle?) Let us help one another, not another priest killed," he told ABS-CBN News in an interview. Four priests were killed from December 2017 to June 2018, prompting an … [Read more...] about News ‘Running priest’ Robert Reyes asks bishops to stand up to Duterte