Philippine President-elect Duterte Calls Roman Catholic Church the most ‘Hypocritical Institution’

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OLD GRUDGES. Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday dubbed the Catholic Church as the “most hypocritical institution” as he lambasted its bishops for supposedly attempting to erode public support for him before the May 9 elections.

Duterte told reporters in Davao City that the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) released a pastoral letter a few days before the elections in a bid to dissuade the electorate from voting for him.
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Despite this, Duterte said he still won the presidential elections, which he described as a “public referendum” between him and the bishops. The long-time mayor of Davao City has a 6.2 million lead over administration candidate, Mar Roxas, going into the official canvassing of the results by Congress. Three of his four rivals have conceded.

“They campaigned against me, everybody was saying ‘Do not vote for Duterte.’ Fine. I said, let this election be a referendum between me and the Catholic Church… Sabi ko, this will be a referendum kung sinong tama sa atin. Look, were you able to stop me? Iilan lang kayong mga obispo diyan,” he said.

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