“When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. 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.”
– Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas
CBCP PRESIDENT ARCHBISHOP SOC VILLEGAS – ” 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. My countrymen has gone to the dregs. 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….!”(December 1, 2015, regarding the remarks of Davao Mayor Rody Duterte on Pope Francis)
(Updated 2 p.m.) Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Socrates Villegas took to Facebook on Tuesday to say he is grieved over the remarks of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte on Monday regarding Pope Francis’ Manila visit.
In a speech on national television after his proclamation as presidential candidate of PDP-Laban, Davao City Mayor Duterte said he was trapped in traffic in Manila for five hours last January. When he was told the roads were closed due to the Pope’s visit, he said he felt like calling the pontiff and saying, “Pope, p— ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang bumisita dito.”
“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 wrote.
Villegas also addressed Duterte’s penchant for expletives and the audience’s reaction: “Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. 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. My countrymen has gone to the dregs.”
Also on Tuesday, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda criticized Duterte anew for cursing the Pope in his speech.
In a text message, Lacierda said that while it was Duterte’s right to criticize the government over the traffic in Metro Manila, the issue was about a public official’s “respect and decency” for Pope Francis.
“If he [Duterte] wants to hit government, that is his right. Incidentally, we recognize traffic as a problem and that is why we have solutions like the installation of HPG (Highway Patrol Group) and the SLEX NLEX connector road,” he said.
“It’s about respect and decency. Incidentally, the Pope was our revered guest, well loved and well respected by millions of Catholics. People waited in line to catch a rare glimpse of Pope Francis and for all of us who saw the Pope, it was a rewarding experience,” he added.
By Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR, April 19,2016
I recently received a consolidated report of the killings perpetrated by the Davao Death Squad (DDS) since 1998 up to the end of 2015. The source will not be mentioned for obvious reasons. Suffice it to say that since the killings started, they have been monitoring these cases. I know them very well and I have been collaborating with them as we denounced these killings and worked with the Commission of Human Rights and the Human Rights Watch. They are hesitant to make the report public out of apprehension that it will be used for political purposes. I believe that to hide this would be a disservice to the nation since I believe that the body count could multiply many times over throughout the whole country in the next six years. The original report that I have is in Excel format, and very detailed (year by year, according to age, sex, areas, weapons used, etc). What I present is a summary and my own analysis. I know that when I do this, I am risking my life. But the truth must come out before it is too late.
The total number of persons killed by the DDS from 1998-2015 is 1,424. Let me repeat in words – ONE THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED TWENTY-FOUR victims. This can be considered as MASS MURDER perpetrated by the same group, inspired and supported by the same persons. The data does not include those killed in other cities where the DDS have expanded franchise-style.
Out of 1,424, there were 1,367 male and 57 female. This means that those murdered by the DDS were not only men, there were also fifty-seven women.
Looking at this according to age there were 132 children killed (17 and below) — 126 boys and 6 girls. The youngest was a 12 years boy and a 15 year girl. There was a 9 year old boy who was killed by a stray bullet – he was not an intended target.
There was a total of 476 young adults (18-25) murdered – 466 male, 19 female. The number of older adults (26 years and above) killed were 612 (466 male, 28 female). There were victims whose age were not given – 201 (191 male, 10 female).
Thus, almost 50 percent of the victims were young people (children and young adults). Most the victims were killed in urban poor areas (e.g. Buhangin, Agdao, Bangkerohan, Boulevard, Matina, Toril). Most of those killed were involved in illegal drugs – as users and pushers. There were also those involved in petty crimes – theft, cell-phone snatching, gang members. There were 14 cases of mistaken identity – they were not the intended targets but the DDS hit men mistakenly hit the wrong target. There were some who had gone away after being warned that they were on the hit list and after some years, after reforming their lives, came back thinking that they were safe. Their names were still on the list so they were still killed.
Thus, one can say that majority of the victims of the DDS were young and poor – juvenile delinquents considered as the weeds of society. There were no reports of drug lords or big time criminals among those killed by the DDS. There were two journalists who were believed to have been murdered by the DDS – Jun Pala and Ferdie “Batman” Limtungan. Jun Pala was a radio commentator who constantly spoke out against the DDS and Mayor Duterte. There were two previous attempts on his life and he accused Duterte of being behind these attacks. He was finally killed by motorcycle riding men on the third try. Ferdie “Batman” Lintuan also spoke out against the DDS and also the alleged anomalies in the construction of the People’s Park which he linked with Mayor Duterte. He was also killed by motorcycle riding men.
The victims of the DDS were unarmed. They did not fight back. Many were just sitting down on street-corners outside sari-sari stores, talking with friends and then suddenly shot in cold blood. There were some who were just released from prison and while waiting for public transportation on the side of the road were suddenly shot by motorcycling men. How the DDS knew the exact time and place they were to be released is amazing. Another victim was killed inside his home in front of his mother and three children who were begging the DDS not to kill him. One of the most well-known case is Clarita Alia – a vegetable vendor in Bangkerohan – whose teen-age sons (who were below 17 years old) were murdered by the DDS. I was asked by Clarita to bless the body of her boy, Fernando before he was buried.
I have personally witnessed the aftermath of two DDS killings. The first was in our parish church in Bajada. While officiating a Wedding Mass I heard shots outside in the carpark. I immediately rushed outside after the Mass to find out what happened. I saw the body of a teen-age boy lying in our church ground surrounded by people. He had just been shot by DDS hit-men while sitting in the car park with his friends. The killers escaped on a motor-cycle. There was a police car nearby but the police just fired warning shots into the air and did not go after the killers. The boy who was killed lived in a nearby slums area. He had been suspected as one of those who broke the window of a car park in our church and stole some items two weeks earlier.
The second time I witnessed the aftermath of a DDS killing was while mountain-biking in Lomondao, a distant barangay in Davao. As I neared the place I met three motorcycle riding men speeding back to the city. When I arrived in the place I saw people who gathered around the body of a young boy. When I asked what happened, someone told me it was the DDS. The boy was cell-phone snatcher and drug user. He added, the boy deserved to die.
The killings have not stopped. The DDS continue their murderous spree even to this day. For the last five years (2011-2015), there were 385 victims of extrajudicial killings in Davao – 39 of them below seventeen years old and 118 young adults (18-25). In 2011 there 111 reported DDS killings, in 2012 there were 61, in 2013 there were 101, in 2014 there were 52 and there were 60 in 2015. The DDS usually take a break during the campaign period. They will continue their operations after the elections.
So far, no one has been held accountable for these killings. There has been no official investigation by the police or the city government. The police do not acknowledge the existence of the DDS. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) came to Davao for a public hearing and also met secretly with witnesses – family of the victims and former members of DDS. Although the CHR recommended prosecution, this could not prosper because nobody was willing to testify in court out of fear. The DDS are still around and anybody who testifies will surely be targeted for assassination. I have met some of these witnesses and understand their fear. They claimed that some of those listed as victims were their former companions who knew too much and were suspected of betraying the DDS. So while former DDS members talked about how they were recruited, trained and how they operate, and who their handlers were and their link with some police and local government officials, all these information could not stand in court because they were not willing to testify in spite of the sworn statements made before the CHR. Much of the information can also be found in the report of the Human Rights Watch in 2009 You Can Die Anytime: Death Squad Killings in Mindanao.One of the findings of the Human Rights Watch report reveals the link between the DDS and the police:
“According to these “insiders,” most members of the DDS are either former communist New People’s Army insurgents who surrendered to the government or young men who themselves were death squad targets and joined the group to avoid being killed. Most can make far more money with the DDS than in other available occupations. Their handlers, called amo (boss), are usually police officers or ex-police officers. They provide them with training, weapons and ammunition, motorcycles, and information on the targets. Death squad members often use .45-caliber handguns, a weapon commonly used by the police but normally prohibitively expensive for gang members and common criminals.
The insiders told Human Rights Watch that the amo obtain information about targets from police or barangay (village or city district) officials, who compile lists of targets. The amo provides members of a death squad team with as little as the name of the target, and sometimes an address and a photograph. Police stations are then notified to ensure that police officers are slow to respond, enabling the death squad members to escape the crime scene, even when they commit killings near a police station.”
The Human Rights Watch Report also revealed the modus operandi:
“Our research found that the killings follow a pattern. The assailants usually arrive in twos or threes on a motorcycle without a license plate. They wear baseball caps and buttoned shirts or jackets, apparently to conceal their weapons underneath. They shoot or, increasingly, stab their victim without warning, often in broad daylight and in presence of multiple eyewitnesses, for whom they show little regard. And as quickly as they arrive, they ride off—but almost always before the police appear.”
“They deserved to die.” This is what Mayor Duterte said while denying involvement in these extrajudicial killings. At one time, he read a list in his TV program. A few weeks later many of those in the list were killed by the DDS.
“They deserve to die.” This is also the attitude of many residents of the city towards the victims of the DDS. This shows who are behind them and why there has been little outcry regarding these mass murders.
It appears that the DDS killings are the center-piece of Mayor Duterte’s campaign against criminality in Davao City. To fight against criminality, you simply kill the criminals through extra-judicial executions carried out by the DDS. No need to arrest them, put them on trial and imprison them if proven guilty. No need for due process of the law. Criminals do not have rights – that is a western concept. For criminals there can only be one punishment – death. It doesn’t matter if you are a petty criminal – even if you are only a drug addict or pusher or cell-phone snatcher, you deserve to die. The killings are meant to be a deterrent to crime – to instill fear on everyone so that they will stop committing crime. According to Human Rights Watch Report:
“The continued death squad operation reflects an official mindset in which the ends are seen as justifying the means. The motive appears to be simple expedience: courts are viewed as slow or inept. The murder of criminal suspects is seen as easier and faster than proper law enforcement. Official tolerance and support of targeted killing of suspected criminals promotes rather than curbs the culture of violence that has long plagued Davao City and other places where such killings occur.”
It has been very difficult to speak out against these extrajudicial killings because majority of the people in Davao support these. The archdiocese of Davao under the leadership of Archbishop Fernando Capalla came out with a pastoral letter: “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and held several prayer vigils. We were a minority – a small voice whose cry in the wilderness was drowned out by the applause of the majority. The blood of 1,424 victims of the DDS was the price that was paid so that there could be peace and order – so that all can walk at night without fear. This was the peace of the cemetery, an order maintained by death squads – by criminals.
And the mass murder continues and there will be more blood spilled – not just in Davao but the entire Philippines. Mayor Duterte promised that if elected “the 1,000 will become 100,000.” He declared that “it will be bloody.” He said there will be” no need for more jails — just funeral parlors.” He promised to “eliminate criminality in the entire country within 3-6 months.” How will he do it? The answer is what happened in Davao – through the DDS under the direction of many police officers who deny their existence, with the financial support coming from businessmen and also drawn from the government coffers.
“I’m willing to go to hell, as long as the people I serve live in paradise.” Is this an admission on the part of Mayor Duterte that what he has done is a grave sin against God that could someday earn him divine punishment?
Is Davao a paradise after 18 years of DDS extrajudicial killings? Has criminality been eradicated? According to the data from PNP covering 2010-2015, out of 15 chartered cities Davao was fourth in terms of Total Index of Crimes: 37,797 incidents. In terms of murder, Davao was no. 1 (1,032 incidents) and in terms of rape Davao was no. 2 (843 incidents). This report gives the impression that in Davao you can be murdered and raped any time. Murder is not really that bad if the DDS and the Mayor can do it. Rape is not really that bad if the Mayor can callously joke about it, wishing he was the first in line when he heard that a hostage – an Australian Lay Missionary – was raped.
Meanwhile, the families of victims cry out for justice as the DDS continue their killing spree. The national government has failed to address this mass murder that could soon multiply many times over, God forbid.
If the DDS is not stopped and those behind it is not held accountable, there will be a national bloodbath. Those who support it and allow it to multiply will have blood in their hands – they will be accomplices to mass murder. The one who orders this is a mass murderer – the biggest Criminal of them all.
If it is alright to kill suspected criminals – who can stop any one from taking the law into their own hands? Anyone can become judge and executioner – not only the police and public officials. Anyone can form their own vigilante groups. There won’t be any need for prisons or lawyers or judges. There won’t be any peace, no order as long and human rights and the rule of law are disregarded. Meanwhile, the big criminals, the big thieves and murderers will continue to rule the land. If it is o.k. to kill criminals, who can prevent anyone from killing the biggest Criminal of them all? We could be entering another dark period of our history — like the dictatorial period in the past or worst.
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Rodrigo Duterte: The Rise of Philippines’ Death Squad Mayor
The following opinion piece was written by Phelim Kine, Asia Division Deputy Director, Human Rights Watch .
For Rodrigo Duterte, the brutal death squads that have claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people during his tenure as mayor of Davao City in the Philippines’ main southern island of Mindanao are not a problem. They’re a political platform.
Duterte publicly admitted his direct links to the Davao death squad during a May 24 live broadcast of his weekly television talk show. “Am I the death squad? True. That is true,” Duterte said on-air while discussing his accomplishments as Davao’s chief executive. He thenpledged that if he became president of the Philippines he would execute 100,000 more criminals and dump their bodies in Manila Bay.
Duterte’s comments echoed those he made on May 15, which asserted the summary killing of suspected criminals as a key plank to his approach to public security: “We’re the ninth safest city. How do you think I did it? How did I reach that title among the world’s safest cities? Kill them all [criminals].”
Duterte’s claim of responsibility for the extrajudicial killings of hundreds of people has drawn deafening silence from President Benigno Aquino III. And aside from an expression of outrage from Philippines Secretary of Justice Leila De Lima, Duterte’s comments have drawn scant public criticism.
Instead, observers describe Duterte’s public admission of complicity with the Davao death squad as an act of shrewd political branding in the lead-up to presidential elections in May 2016. Those political ambitions are not misplaced. Recent public opinion pollsplace Duterte as the public’s third most popular potential candidate out of a field of known presidential hopefuls. On May 22, Vice President Jejomar Binay told reporters that he wasconsidering Duterte as his running mate in his presidential bid next year.
The apparent public and political support for that initiative betrays a willful ignorance of the sinister reality of Duterte’s approach to public order. The operation of “death squads” in Davao while Duterte has been the city’s mayor has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of street children, petty criminals, and petty drug dealers since 1998.
Duterte himself took to the airwaves in 2001–2002 to issue threats against what he considered undesirable elements in Davao. Some of the criminals whose names he announced were later found dead, apparent victims of the death squad.
There is a shameful history of political tolerance for Duterte’s tactics that reaches the highest levels of the Philippine government. Duterte boasted at a public hearing of the Philippine Senate in February 2014 that he would “gladly kill” a suspected smuggler if he came to Davao. Rather than condemn Duterte’s appalling threat, lawmakers expressed sympathy with his views. Senator Cynthia Villar, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Food, which held the hearing, responded to Duterte’s threat by saying, “In Mindanao, you have to be tough because if not, there will be several abuses.” Senator Grace Poe, a putative 2016 presidential election candidate, likewise failed to challenge Duterte’s affront to the rule of law and instead clucked about how children might misconstrue Duterte’s death threat.
This tolerance from lawmakers for Duterte speaks volumes about the failure of successive Philippine governments to address the country’s problem of extrajudicial killings.Extrajudicial executions, including politically motivated killings, by state security forces have been a longstanding problem in the Philippines. Although the number of killings has decreased dramatically in recent years compared to a decade ago, they continue largely with impunity.
Exhibit A of the government’s failure to prosecute the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings is the official response to the November 2009 Maguindanao massacre in which a “private army” financed by the powerful Ampatuan family killed 58 people including more than 30 media workers. Almost six years later, the case is in effective judicial limbo, with no successful prosecutions and a total of 87 suspects still at large.
A much-vaunted initiative by the administration to address impunity – the creation in 2012 of a so-called superbody to expedite the investigation and prosecution of cases of extrajudicial killings – has remained largely inactive even as Philippine human rights groups report new cases. With the notable exception of the government’s move in March 2015 to prosecute the masterminds behind theTagum Death Squad, after a detailed Human Rights Watch report, the perpetrators of these crimes remain at large.
Duterte’s boastful brand of violent impunity should be a path to prosecution, not a platform for political office. Until the government adopts a zero tolerance attitude toward public officials who publicly endorse extrajudicial killings as an acceptable approach to governance, Duterte and others like him will pose a grave danger to the safety of the citizens they are elected to protect.
BIO: Phelim Kine is the deputy director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch. His Twitter handle is @PhelimKine
The opinion piece above was provided to the Budapest Business Journal by The MarkNews.
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Archbishop hits Duterte: Corruption is a devil with many faces
By: Nestor Corrales 10:09 AM December 1st, 2015
While Villegas agreed that “corruption is indeed a great scourge of Philippine politics,” he said that corruption was not only through “stealing from public funds.”
“Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces,” he said.
He then enumerated things, which may be the other face of corruption.
“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,” he said.
Duterte has been open in saying that he would not think twice in killing criminals if elected as president.
In a no-holds-barred speech before 10,000 people on Sunday night in Taguig City, the 70-year-old mayor opened up about his personal life, saying he does not only have two wives but of two girlfriends, as well.
He admitted that when he was younger, he would spend the whole night with his girlfriends, but since he had grown older, he could spend only “short time.”
Responding to his statement, Villegas said adultery is also corruption.
“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 said.
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“Mas Masahol Pa Siya Sa Diktador!” Archbishop Cruz Condemned Duterte For Cursing Pope Francis
Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz condemned the curse made by PDP-Laban against Pope Francis saying: “Delikado ang mga ganitong nilalang, higit pa kung ito ang napiling pinuno ng isang bansa. Mas masahol pa siya sa diktador.” This was his strong reaction when asked by GMA News to the reported statements of PDP-Laban Presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte that showed him saying curses against Pope Francis. During his speech after he was proclaimed the official PDP-Laban presidential bet, Duterte said about his horrible experience of going the airport during Pope Francis’ visit last January: “Sabi ko, ‘Bakit?’ Sabi sarado na [ang daan]. Sabi ko, ‘Sinong darating?’ Sabi si Pope. Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope, p— ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang bumisita dito.”
Archbishop Cruz opened up his observation saying: “Paurong ang pananaw kung lahat ng karapatan ay puro sa kaniya, mahirap espelengin ang ganyang tao. Isinasaalang-alang ang human rights. May problema ang ganyang kaisipan.” But he asked the public not to dwell on these statements saying: “‘Wag na nating patulan ang pahayag ng tao na akala mo siya ay Diyos.”
Bishop hits Duterte for thinking, acting like God
He disagreed with Mr. Aquino over the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which the Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional, and the retention of Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala, Agrarian Reform Secretary Virgilio de los Reyes and Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, all of whom he described as “deadweights.”
“(Mr. Aquino) talks about daang matuwid but protects buddies like Abad, whose name has become synonymous with the illegal, scandalous DAP. His support of (former police chief Alan) Purisima to the very end, despite his being indicted by the Ombudsman, also sent the signal that he was not at all concerned with reforming the national police,” he said. With reports from Jerry E. Esplanada
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Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz scored Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday after the latter’s profanity-laced presidential declaration speech that included a curse directed at Pope Francis.
“Delikado ang mga ganitong nilalang, higit pa kung ito ang napiling pinuno ng isang bansa,” Cruz told GMA News. “Mas masahol pa siya sa diktador.”
Duterte came under fire among netizens for his comments about being stuck in traffic during last January’s Papal Visit, when it took him five hours to travel to the airport because of road closures.
“Sabi ko, ‘Bakit?’ Sabi sarado na [ang daan]. Sabi ko, ‘Sinong darating?’ Sabi si Pope. Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope, p— ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang bumisita dito,” Duterte quipped.
But Cruz refused to dwell on the comments made by Duterte toward the pontiff.
“‘Wag na nating patulan ang pahayag ng tao na akala mo siya ay Diyos,” said Cruz.
Instead, the church official said voters need to take a critical look at Duterte’s views, which he called “dangerous.”
“Paurong ang pananaw kung lahat ng karapatan ay puro sa kaniya, mahirap espelengin ang ganyang tao,” said Cruz. “Isinasaalang-alang ang human rights. May problema ang ganyang kaisipan.”
Duterte has long been a target of critics for his human rights record in Davao City. In Monday’s speech, he showed no desire to back down, even boasting about killing criminals in his hometown.
“Ang atake sa akin is pumapatay ng tao. Totoo ‘yan, wala tayong problema diyan. Yang mga taga Davao, alam nila yan,” Duterte said.
Duterte also openly admitted to his womanizing, claiming to have two wives and two girlfriends.
All these admissions, according to Cruz, underscored just how these make Duterte unfit to hold the country’s top post.
“Papatay siya kung sino ang gusto niya. Mag-aasawa siya kung ilan ang gusto niya. Delikado ‘yan kung talagang alam niya ang sinasabi niya. Nakakatakot,” said Cruz.
Meanwhile, Duterte’s running mate, Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano defended the mayor’s comments about the Pope.
“I think he was not referring to the Pope kasi I have heard him talk about that many times. He was talking about you should not close streets and inconvenience people for anyone in the world. But the way kasi he speaks about and shows frustrations kasi,” he said.
“Ganu’n lang talaga siya mag-express, but he means well,” he told reporters after the proclamation.
He added: “He does not hurt people based on their ideology and belief. He is just out to get criminals.” —JST, GMA News
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CBCP hits Duterte; hits back on its child abuse
In an interview with reporters on Tuesday, Duterte warned the prelates against continuing tirades against him.
“I will destroy the Church and the present status of so many priests and what they are doing,” he said. “You priests, bishops, you condemn me and suggest I withdraw, but then I will start to open my mouth. There are so many secrets that we kept as children. Do not force (me to speak) because this religion is not so sacred.”
He said he was among the victims of child abuse by priests.
“If they want, they can start it and I’ll tell everything. From my years in Ateneo [de Davao] until we grew up, and it will make them sad, very sad,” he said. “They have secrets, I have secrets.” He stressed his comment on the Pope was “inadvertence.”
“Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people.”
Villegas issued the statement a day after Duterte, during his proclamation as the official presidential candidate of PDP-Laban in next year’s elections, gave a speech where he cursed Pope Francis for the heavy traffic triggered by the papal visit in January.
Cussing ‘God-given talent’
Duterte pointed out he did not feel he owed anybody an apology. “It was not intended for the Pope.”
He further pointed out that he has no plan of even reducing his habit of cussing. “No. I will not. P*ina ayoko (I will not). We are all the creations of God. We have God-given talents. The talent that God gave me is cussing. Instead of blaming me, blame God because He created me.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday, Duterte said: “It was my expression of anger borne out of the helplessness of the millions of commuters suffering from this daily gridlock. It was never intended to be directed to the person of his holiness Pope Francis, who has my utmost respect.”
Leadership by example
“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’?” said Villegas in a strongly worded statement posted on the CBCP News website.
“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,” he added.
In a nationally televised speech on Monday, Duterte said he was trapped in traffic in Manila for five hours during the papal visit. When he was told the roads were closed, he said he felt like calling the Pontiff to say: “Pope, (expletive), go home. Don’t visit us.” The remark elicited laughter from the audience.
Duterte went to TV5 during its newscast last night to give what he said was a “context” to his remarks. He complained that while trapped in his car, he had to urinate in a plastic bottle. He said he did not want to relieve himself in the street. If the Vatican feels offended by his remarks, he said, it can call for his disqualification and he will give up his quest for the presidency and go back to his Davao hometown.
Msgr. Paul Cuison, vicar general of the archdiocese of Davao, told reporters on Tuesday he had received many negative text messages on Duterte’s remarks. “When I viewed the video, I noticed that the curse was directed at the heavy traffic and the sacrifice of the people and not the Pope,” he said. “I do not believe Digong will ever show disrespect to the Pope,” he said, using Duterte’s nickname.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano also acted as Duterte’s apologist saying that the Davao City mayor never really cussed Pope Francis and that it could not be helped that it was the PDP-Laban standard bearer’s way of expressing his frustration at the government for inconveniencing people.
Lost in translation?
“Mayor Duterte explained to us that people from the Visayas usually tend to literally translate in Filipino how they would say things in their dialect which result in getting their meaning lost in translation. So if most people think that he cussed at the Pope, sorry but Mayor Duterte really did not mean to offend, did not mean to come across that he was cursing the Pope,” he explained.
“If that is how he speaks, we ask for understanding. It is really an expression of frustration … You just have to understand, Mr. Duterte has a different way of communicating to people,” Cayetano pointed out.
He said that Duterte’s coarse manner of speech and action still needs getting used to, “You should believe that he will really do something but do not take it (his words) literally.”
During his proclamation, Duterte rambled on for two hours, talking about how he planned to lead the country on the road to federalism, get rid of corruption, criminality and the drug menace. He talked about having two wives and two girlfriends, drawing laughter from his audience during the nationally televised event. He also said he got rid of kidnappers and rapists.
“Corruption is indeed a great scourge of Philippine politics,” Villegas said in his statement.
Without directly accusing Duterte, Villegas referred to murder and adultery—two things apparently associated with 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,” the prelate 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,” Villegas added.
In a statement, Gabriela secretary general Joms Salvador said that womanizing and treating women as mere objects are an “affront to women and should not be flaunted.”
“This reeks of machismo, reinforces society’s low regard of women and consequently heightens women’s vulnerability to violence and abuse. [It] is both distasteful and unacceptable,” Salvador said. With reports from Gabriel Cardinoza, Inquirer Northern Luzon; Allan Nawal, Inquirer Mindanao; Jovic Yee and Nancy C. Carvajal
Read the source & comments: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/744041/cbcp-hits-duterte-hits-back-on-its-child-abuse
On Mayor Duterte’s cursing of Pope Francis: Official Statement of Filipinos for Life
Filipinos for Life denounces Mayor Duterte’s disrespectful comment against Pope Francis during his speech on Monday at the Century Park hotel.
We believe that the Mayor has greatly erred by cursing the good pope, who is not only loved by millions of Filipinos, but is also a head of state of Vatican City. We also decry his wanton behavior, in reference to his admission of his adulterous ways. We value sanctity of life, family, and marriage, above all – institutions that form the very foundation of every sound society. We are most disappointed that he chose not to uphold his marriage vows, which would have been the most vivid expression of his manhood, unlike the persona he projects where women are mere expendable persons to satisfy his sexual needs.
A person aspiring to become the nation’s leader should always be respectful of himself, his office, and of other people. If he can curse Pope Francis who did not deserve it in the least, how can we trust him to respect the fundamental rights of other innocent people?If he has no respect for the indissolubility of marriage, what other institutions crucial to the moral well-being of the people is he willing to tamper with?
We are aware that there are spokespersons who have issued an apology in behalf of Mr. Duterte and his blatant disrespect against the pope. What we ask is for himself to apologize to 80 million Filipino Catholics for his extreme disrespect against the pope and the Catholic faith. We also ask that he apologize to the women he had relations with, breaking his marital vows.
We also ask his supporters to discern well whether Mr. Duterte is indeed fit to be their choice as the next president of the country. This is a time for serious introspection and prayer; and we must listen to our informed conscience which acts as God’s voice in our hearts. We must also consider all the consequences of our actions, the positive as well as the negative effects of our decisions, in the short term and the long term, and what these decisions say about us.
Filipinos for Life believes that the recent events regarding Duterte raise serious doubts about his readiness for the highest office in the land. This nation deserves a morally upright and competent leader, one who will revere his position as a sacred duty to serve God and the people of the Philippines.
Keeps on writing and writing and writing
Read the source & comments: http://filipinosforlife.com/2015/12/01/official-statement-filipinos-life-mayor-duterte-cursing-pope-francis/
Mga Katoliko, hindi dapat manahimik sa pagmumura ni Duterte kay Pope Francis
Mga Katoliko, hindi dapat manahimik sa pagmumura ni Duterte kay Pope Francis – Bishop Ruperto Santos
TUGON SA OPEN LETTER NG ISANG DUTERTE FANATIC KAY ARCHBISHOP SOC VILLEGAS!
THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR YOUR ULTRA DRAMATIC YET VERY PATHETIC LETTER. MAY I ALSO ADD THAT IT IS VERY FUNNY AND AMATEUR AT BEST. HINDI PANG OSCAR KUNDI PANG TALIPAPA.
YOU CLAIM THAT YOU ARE CATHOLIC WHO EVEN WORKED FOR CARITAS MANILA. REALLY? WHO ARE YOU? PLEASE TELL THAT TO THE MARINES. YOUR GROSS IGNORANCE OF THE CATHOLIC FAITH AND OF CATHOLIC HISTORY WILL PUT OUR CATHOLIC CATS IN SHAME. EVEN YOUR TERM “DOGMATIC LAWS OF THE CHURCH” IS A TERM BEING USED BY ANTI CATHOLICS AND ENEMIES OF THE CHURCH AND NOT BY FAITHFUL, LOYAL CATHOLICS. EXCUSE ME INDAY THE LAWS OF THE CHURCH ARE REASONED ORDINANCES FOR THE SAKE OF CHURCH UNITY AND COMMON GOOD. THE DOGMAS OF THE CHURCH ARE IN DEFINED DOCTRINES NOT IN PRACTICAL RULES. SO DYAN PALANG “BUKING” KA NA. YOU ARE OBVIOUSLY A NON CATHOLIC PRETENDING TO BE ONE. STOP THE HYPOCRISY PLEASE.
YOU HAVE MANY WHYS? THEN WHY DIDN’T YOU GO TO THE CHAPLAINS OF CARITAS MANILA AND ASK FOR EXPLANATIONS? SURELY EVEN YOUR LAY CO-EMPLOYEES IN CARITAS MANILA CAN GIVE YOU A VERY GOOD EXPLANATION ABOUT YOUR QUESTIONS. IF YOU OPENED UP TO THEM AND IF YOU WERE NOT LYING AT ALL IN YOUR CLAIM. UNFORTUNATELY, IT SEEMS THAT YOU AND DUTERTE ARE FOLLOWING THE SAME LINE OF LIES AND DECEITS. YOUR CLAIMS ARE HIGHLY QUESTIONABLE LIKE HIS ALLEGED KILLING OF DRUG LORDS AND CRIMINALS. IT IS ONLY BASED ON HIS PERSONAL CLAIMS AND UNHOLY SALIVA THAT THOSE HE MURDERED WERE CRIMINALS AND DRUG LORDS. SINCE THERE WERE NO FAIR AND JUST TRIALS THOSE VICTIMS WERE PRESUMED INNOCENTS. THEIR BLOOD ARE CRYING FOR JUSTICE IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH AND IN YOUR VERY HEART.
IF THE CHURCH HAS DEFECTS BRING IT OUT. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO DEFEND IT WITHIN YOU? SPIT IT OUT. LIKE THE ACCUSATION OF DUTERTE THAT HE WAS SEXUALLY ABUSED BY THE JESUITS IN ATENEO BRING IT OUT. SPIT IT OUT. DON’T KEEP IT IN THE DARK BUT BRING IT IN THE LIGHT. ONLY CREATURES OF DARKNESS IS AFRAID OF THE LIGHT. OPEN YOUR HEART AND YOUR MOUTH. LET US SEE IF YOU TRULY RESEARCHED YOUR ALLEGED DEFECTS OF THE CHURCH. PLEASE DON’T BE HYPOCRITE BECAUSE YOU ARE DEFENDING DUTERTE IN HIS IMPERFECTIONS WHICH INCLUDES MURDERING PEOPLE AGAINST THE RULE OF LAW, HABIT OF PROFANITIES, SERIES OF ADULTERIES, ASKING BUSINESSMEN TO PAY REVOLUTIONARY TAXES TO THE NPA, TREACHEROUSLY PAYING P125million REVOLUTIONARY TAXES TO THE COMMUNISTS NPA EVERY YEAR AND INDULGING WITH PROSTITUTION BY BRINGING HIS PAID WOMEN TO MOTELS. ALL THESE ARE OK AND FINE FOR YOU YET YOU PRETEND TO BE HURT BY YOUR ALLEGED DEFECTS OF THE CHURCH. PLEASE STOP THE DOUBLE STANDARD AND HYPOCRISY.
YOU FORGAVE THE ILLS OF YOUR CHURCH? WHAT ARE THOSE ILLS OF THE CHURCH? SPIT IT OUT AND LET US CHECK THEM ONE BY ONE.
WHY DO WE SENSATIONALIZE THE MISTAKE OF A GREAT LEADER? IT WAS NOT US WHO SENSATIONALIZE IT. IT WAS NOT ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS WHO SENSATIONALIZED IT. IT WAS DUTERTE HIMSELF WHO STUPIDLY SELF DESTRUCTING HIMSELF BY DELIVERING A SPEECH SHOWN NATIONWIDE WHICH HE FILLED WITH CURSES, PROFANITIES AND HE FOOLISHLY CURSED AN INNOCENT PERSON, POPE FRANCIS. WHY BLAME ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS FOR THE STUPIDITY AND FOOLISHNESS OF YOUR BELOVED DUTERTE? TELL THAT OLD WACKY FOOL TO BE PRUDENT INSTEAD OF BLAMING OTHERS FOR TALKING ABOUT HIS SELF-INFLICTED POLITICAL HARA-KIRI.
IT WAS NOT ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS WHO SENSATIONALIZED DUTERTE BUT DUTERTE HIMSELF. EXCUSE ME. HELLO!!! NO NO NO… NADA, NUNCA, NEVER, NIENTE… IN RUSSIAN: NYET, NYET!!! HA HA HA… HE BRAGGED ABOUT HIS CONCUBINES AND ADULTEROUS AFFAIRS. HE BRAGGED ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE KILLED AND THAT THE NATION NEEDS MORE FUNERAL PARLORS ONCE HE IS ELECTED. WOW. HE IS NOT A DEMON IN DISGUISE BUT A MONSTER IN FRONT OF THE MOVING CAMERA.
ANOTHER THING, DUTERTE IS NOT A GREAT LEADER. WHO TOLD YOU THAT HE IS GREAT? THAT IS PLAIN PROPAGANDA. HIS ALLEGED GREATNESS IS A FARCE. THE OLD FOOL IS OVERRATED. SORRY FOR YOU. INSTEAD, HE IS A SERIAL ADULTERER, LIAR, ARROGANT, MURDERER AND TRAITOR TO THE NATION BY PAYING REVOLUTIONARY TAXES TO THE NPA. WE DO NOT SEE GREATNESS IN HIM. HE IS A BACTERIA FEEDING ON THE BRAINS OF INNOCENT PEOPLE OF DAVAO. UNFORTUNATELY FOR HIM THERE IS GREATER AND MORE POWERFUL ANTI-VIRUS FOR HIS KIND IN THE PEOPLE AND MEDIA OF THE NATIONAL CAPITAL REGION AND OTHER CITIES.
PLEASE DON’T USE THE PRODIGAL SON STORY TO DEFEND THE HYPOCRISY AND EVIL WAYS OF DUTERTE. YOU ARE ONLY SHOWING TO US THAT UNTIL NOW YOU ARE STILL IGNORANT NOT ONLY OF THE HISTORY OF THE CHURCH BUT ALSO OF THE PRODIGAL SON STORY. IF YOU TRULY RESEARCHED AS YOU CLAIMED THEN YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT THE PRODIGAL SON REPENTED SINCERELY FROM HS SINFUL WAYS. INSTEAD DUTERTE IS STILL BRAGGING ABOUT THE PEOPLE HE MURDERED AND THAT ONCE HE BECAME PRESIDENT THERE IS A NEED FOR MORE FUNERAL PARLORS. GOSH, ARE YOU INTO FUNERAL PARLOR BUSINESS? HA HA HA… HE IS ALSO NOT REPENTING FROM HIS WOMANIZING WHICH WAS ONE OF THE SINS COMMITTED BY THE PRODIGAL SON. INSTEAD, HE CLAIMS THAT HE GOT TWO WIVES AND TWO GIRLFRIENDS NOT INCLUDING THE WOMEN HE WAS BRINGING TO THE MOTELS. NAKU, INDAY… 70 YEAR OLD NA SI DUTERTE PERO DI PA NAGBABAGO. DIRTY OLD MAN PA RIN. MATANDANG HUKLUBANG HAYOK SA LAMAN.
YOU ARE PARROTING THE ALIBI OF DUTERTE THAT HIS CURSE AGAINST THE POPE IS UNINTENTIONAL. EXCUSE ME. WE ARE NOT FOOLS TO BELIEVE SUCH ALIBI. HIS ACT OF CURSING AGAINST THE POPE IS RECORDED AND IT WAS CLEAR, DIRECT, SPECIFICALLY DIRECTED AS WELL AS POINTED AGAINST THE POPE. HE WANTS US TO FORGIVE HIM AND IN FACT HE IS ALREADY FORGIVEN FOR THAT. UNFORTUNATELY INSTEAD OF BEING HUMBLE AND HONEST HE TRIED TO COVERED HIMSELF BY ARROGANT LIES AND DISHONEST ALIBI AS YOU ARE DOING. NO NO NO… NADA, NUNCA, NEVER, NIENTE… IN RUSSIAN: NYET, NYET!!! HA HA HA…
YOU MENTIONED ABOUT THE CHURCH KILLING JOAN OF ARC. HELLO INDAY, IT ONLY PROVED THAT YOU DIDN’T RESEARCH WELL. YOUR SO CALLED DEMOCRATIC DISCUSSIONS ARE ACTUALLY STUPID DICUSSIONS WITH PEOPLE OF YOUR KIND AND THE KIND OF RUDY DUTERTE THE BERDUGO OF DAVAO. IF YOU TRULY STUDIED INDAY DUTA YOU SHOULD KNOW THAT JOAN OF ARC IS A CATHOLIC SAINT LOYAL TO THE CHURCH AND FAITHFUL TO THE CHURCH UNTIL DEATH. SHE IS NOT A TRAITOR LIKE YOU WHO LOVED MORE DUTERTE THAN HER CHURCH. NO NO NO… NADA, NUNCA, NEVER, NIENTE… IN RUSSIAN: NYET, NYET!!! HA HA HA… ST. JOAN OF ARC WAS KILLED NOT BY THE CHURCH BUT BY ENGLISH FORCES WHO WERE ENEMIES OF FRANCE WHOSE ARMY SHE LED. ST. JOAN OF ARC DIED CRYING REPEATEDLY: “I WANT TO BE SENT TO THE POPE FOR FAIR TRIAL”. INSTEAD DUTERTE SAYS: “POPE, PUTANG INA KA”. IBANG-IBA. KAYA ANG MASASABI KO SA IYO IHA, INDAY DUTA: “HIBANG KA!!!” AT “SINUNGALING KA!”
THE CHURCH GAVE JUSTICE TO ST. JOAN OF ARC WHEN THE NEWS REACHED THE POPE AND THE POPE ORDERED A REINVESTIGATION AND SHE WAS FOUND “NOT GUILTY” BY PAPAL COURT. SO, ESEP-ESEP IHA. WAG TATANGA TANGA TULAD NI DUTERTE. TATANDA KANG KULANG KULANG SA KAALAMAN NIAN AT SINUNGALING TULAD NI DUTERTE ANG BERDUGO NG DAVAO.
YOU PRETEND TO BE OFFENDED BY THE TRIAL OF ST. JOAN OF ARC WHICH WAS MADE NOT BY THE CATHOLIC CHURCH BUT BY THE ENGLISH ENEMIES OF FRANCE AND THEIR TRAITORS ACCOMPLICE YET YOU ACCEPT THE EXTRA JUDICIAL KILLINGS DONE BY DUTERTE IN DAVAO. WHY? THE DEATH OF ST. JOAN OF ARC THROUGH A FAKE TRIAL IS PAINFUL FOR YOU YET YOU ARE HONORING AND DEFENDING THE MAN WHO IS THE BERDUGO OF DAVAO. HE EVEN BOASTED THAT ONCE HE BECAME PRESIDENT THE PHILIPPINES NEED MORE FUNERAL PARLOR BECAUSE HE WILL EXECUTE THE CRIMINALS AS HE DID IN DAVAO. WHO TOLD YOU THAT THEY ARE CRIMINALS? WHO TOLD YOU THAT THEY ARE NOT INNOCENT LIKE ST. JOAN OF ARC? YOU ARE A FIRST-CLASS, HIGH-RATE HYPOCRITE AND DOUBLE-STANDARD FANATIC. EXCUSE ME. TELL THAT TO THE MARINES AND TO THE NAVY AND TO THE AIR FORCE AND TO THE DEATH SQUAD OF DUTERTE. SHAME ON YOU.
THE BLOOD OF THE FILIPINOS MURDERED BY DUTERTE IN THE RIVERS AND STREETS OF DAVAO SHALL BE ON YOUR HAND AND ON YOUR BALLOT AND IN YOUR CONSCIENCE. YOU ARE A DEFENDER OF AN EXECUTIONER WITHOUT JUST TRIALS. SHAME ON YOU!!!
THE CHURCH STOLE THE PROPERTIES OF INDIGENOUS FILIPINOS? EXCUSE ME. THE INDIGENOUS FILIPINOS LOVED THE CHURCH AND DONATED LANDS FOR THE HOUSES OF WORSHIP TO BE BUILT. UNTIL NOW OUR MISSIONARIES ARE GOING TO THE MOUNTAINS AND WE ONLY BUILD A CHAPEL OR A CHURCH IF THE LOCAL PEOPLE ALLOW IT. IN ALL OF THOSE HOUSES OF WORSHIPS THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES WHERE THE ONES WHO BUILT THEM BY THEIR HANDS AND THEY WERE THE ONES WHO DONATED MONEY. WHY? BECAUSE THOSE LANDS AND CHURCHES ARE NOT OWNED BY SPANIARDS BUT BY FILIPINOS. WHO OWNS NOW ATENEO, LA SALLE, UST, SAN BEDA, LETRAN, HOSPICIO DE SAN JOSE, MANILA CATHEDRAL, CEBU CATHEDRAL, ETC.? THE FILIPINO CATHOLICS. WE OWN THEM. THE SPANISH PRIESTS SERVED ONLY WHEN THERE WERE NO FILIPINO PRIESTS BUT LATER ON THEY LEFT OR THEY DIED AND THEY WERE REPLACED BY FILIPINOS WHOM THEY TAUGHT, FORMED, TRAINED AND EDUCATED IN THOSE GREAT UNIVERSITIES THAT WE NOW ENJOY. WHICH PARTICULAR LAND WAS STOLEN FORCEFULLY BY THE CHURCH FROM INDIGENOUS PEOPLE? THE CHURCHES ARE THERE IN THEIR OWN PLACE AND THEY ARE THE ONES ATTENDING MASSES THERE. THEY ARE THE ONES PRAYING THERE. NAKU NAMAN. TIGILAN ANG KASINUNGALINGAN AT KATANGAHAN.
THE CHURCH RULED THIS NATION BY FORCE FOR 400 YEARS? EXCUSE ME. YOU ARE LYING HERE. THE SPANISH GOVERNMENT CONQUERED US FOR 400 YEARS. BUT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SERVED THE FILIPINOS WITH LOVE AND CHARITY. THAT IS WHY THE FILIPINOS LOVE THE CATHOLIC FAITH VERY MUCH. MY GRANDPARENTS TOLD US THAT THEIR CURA PARROCO FRIARS WERE HOLY AND KIND. THEY WERE BUILDING SCHOOLS AND ORPHANAGES AND THEY WERE PRAYERFUL. WHEN REVOLUTION CAME THEY PROTECTED THEIR BELOVED FRIARS FROM BEING HURT. THEY REFUSED TO BE AGLIPAY AND PROTESTANT BECAUSE OF THE GOODNESS AND LOVE OF THE FRIARS.
THE FRIARS WERE WALKING ON THE MOUNTAINS TO PREACH BAREFOOTED. THEY REFUSED TO IMPOSE SPANISH TO THE FILIPINOS AND INSTEAD LEARNED FLUENTLY THE FILIPINO LANGUAGES. THEY SYSTEMATIZED OUR GRAMMAR, MADE OUR FIRST DICTIONARIES AND MAPS AND GAVE US A SCIENTIFIC SYSTEM OF EDUCATION COMPARABLE TO EUROPE. EVEN RIZAL DEDICATED HIS NOLI ME TANGERE TO THE THREE CATHOLIC PRIESTS HEROES: THE GOMBURZA AND THE FINAL HERO OF EL FILIBUSTERISMO WAS PADRE FLORENTINO A CATHOLIC PRIEST. RIZAL CHOSE AS HIS BESTFRIENDS THE JESUITS OF ATENEO DE MANILA. THE RIZAL FAMILY REMAINED CATHOLIC.
IF THERE IS ONE WHO MAKES LIFE DIFFICULT FOR FILIPINOS IT IS DUTERTE BECAUSE HE IS MURDERING PEOPLE WHOM HE PERSONALLY JUDGED AS EVIL WITHOUT TRIAL BY THE COURT. ALSO DUTERTE ASKED FILIPINO BUSINESSMEN TO PAY TAXES TO THE NPA. THAT IS EXTORTION AND VIOLATION OF THE SOVEREIGNTY OF THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT.
FINALLY, WHO ARE YOU TO TELL ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS NOT TO MUDDLE THE TEACHINGS OF CHRIST? ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS IS NOT A MURDERER LIKE DUTERTE. ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS IS NOT A DIRTY OLD MAN LIKE DUTERTE. ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS IS NOT A WOMANIZER LIKE DUTERTE. ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS DOESN’T PAY P125 MILLION A YEAR REVOLUTIONARY TAX TO THE NPA. ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS DOESN’T COMMIT ADULTERY AND BRAG ABOUT IT. ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS DOESN’T BRING YOUNG WOMEN TO MOTELS FOR FLESHLY ENJOYMENT LIKE YOUR DIRTY OLD MAN DUTERTE. NO NO NO… NADA, NUNCA, NEVER, NIENTE… IN RUSSIAN: NYET, NYET!!! HA HA HA… SO TELL DUTERTE NOT TO MUDDLE THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH NOT ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS WHO IS LIVING THE GOSPEL AND THE TEACHINGS OF THE CHURCH WITH FIDELITY AND SINCERITY. ATTACKING ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS TO DEFEND DUTERTE IS LIKE ATTACKING A VIRGIN TO DEFEND A PROSTITUTE.
PAREHONG PAREHO KAYO NI DUTERTE, SIYA SI POPE FRANCIS ANG INAATAKE. IKAW SI ARCHBISHOP VILLEGAS. BEASTS OF THE SAME FEATHERS FLOCK TOGETHER! THAT’S ALL THANK YOU!
15-point response to the Open Letter to Bishop Villegas on Mayor Duterte
|I found this poster here. The text of the letter is also available here. This open letter has been circulating in social media, so I think it warrants a textual analysis and a response.
1. I was born and raised as a Catholic. I grew up and was educated from a catholic school. I worked with Caritas Manila during the time of Cardinal Sin. Those years of my growing up as an educated Roman Catholic were the years of confusion and questions. But I continued to be obedient and follow the dogmatic laws of the church.
You are not alone in your confusion. After Vatican II in 1965, there was a lot of confusion in the church. The Holy Mass changed from Latin to vernacular. Priests and religious threw away their habits. Traditional Catholic dogma and doctrines were being questioned. Pope Paul VI published his Humanae Vitae which forbids the use of artificial contraception, e.g. condoms and pills, and he was derided and scorned by priests, bishops, and even by Cardinals. Such was the state of the Church when Cardinal Sin was appointed auxiliary bishop of Jaro in 1967 and Archbishop of Manila in 1974. Those were confusing times and their effects can still be felt in the present day.
2. Why did I have many whys? I answered it myself and defended churchs’ ills and defects from within me. Through research and democratic discussions, I discovered the muddled history of the church to which I belong, but I continued to stand firm on my faith, although, I became less attendant to some activities and practices imposed by the church.
This is actually the first time you used the word “why”, but I think you are assuming that the “why” is subsumed in the word “questions”. It is ok to ask why. Toyota employees and managers are taught to ask at least 7 whys to find the underlying deeper problem behind things that broke. To ask why is the mark of a thinking man.
The Church has so many ills and defects, because it is a human institution just like corporations, cooperatives, and clans. As you read through Church’s muddled history, you hear about political intrigues and rumors of assassination even in Vatican. And you realize that the Church should have already perished a long time ago. But for some strange reason, it is still alive as an institution until now and has survived despotic emperors and scandalous popes for nearly two thousand years. Why? You may ask. Because the Church, while human, is also a divine institution, because it is the Body of Christ who is truly human and truly divine. The popes may live sinful lives, but the Holy Spirit has protected the Chair of Peter from teaching error in matters of faith and morals. As Christ told Peter, the first pope:
Thus, what Christ said about the Pharisees occupying the Chair of Moses also applies to the Popes who occupy the Chair of Peter:
Of course, the “example” referred to here are the bad actions as enumerated in the succeeding texts; if their actions are good, we must follow them.
It is easy to say that we can stand firm in our faith, but our actions speak otherwise, as you also have said: you become less attendant to the activities and practices imposed by the church.
The word “imposed” that you used implies a burden that you do not wish to bear. If you can enumerate these practices, we may be able to see if they were really imposed like a yoke on your neck. But Christ who is the head of the Church also asks us to carry his yoke:
Sometimes, the laws of the Church which forbid you to do such and such things are meant for your own good, in the same why as a sign on the fence which says, “Danger: Cliff ahead.” You can only ignore such sign at your peril. As Chesterton said:
3. I wanted to be honest to myself so I refrained from going to church, but I came back after my friends invited me again to join in them in prayers. I forgave the ills of my church.
If your problem is the bad people in the Church, then that can be fixed: you can become an example of what is good in the Church in the same way as God raise saints during the most turbulent times in Catholic Church’s history, e.g. St. Catherine of Sienna lived during the time when we have three popes each claiming to be the one validly elected!
But if your problem is about the teachings of the Church, then this is a different matter. It is truly difficult to remain in an institution whose teachings you do not anymore believe in. But Cardinal Newman said that ten thousand difficulties do not make a single doubt:
Joining your friends in prayer is commendable. Christ said:
I am glad that you said that you forgive the ills of the Church. But forgiving does not totally remove the hurt. Forgiveness only allows us to offer our hurts to God by uniting them with the suffering of Christ on the cross. And God would be pleased with our sacrifice, because it is His Only Son who do the offering.
4. I hope this very church should also know how to forgive its flock whenever he/she commits mistakes.
You can be assured that the Church has the power to forgive sins. After His Resurrection, Christ told the apostles:
The forgiveness offered by the Church is more than what your friend can offer when he says, “I forgive you.” When the Church forgives sins through the ministry of the priest, it is actually Christ who forgive sins, because sin is an offense against God and only God can forgive sins. That is why it was scandalous before for the Jews that Christ, an ordinary man for them, can forgive sins:
So let us thank Christ for the gift of the Sacrament of Confession.
But for God to forgive a sinner through the Sacrament of Confession, one thing is necessary: the sinner must first confess. That is, he must name the sin and the number of times he has committed such sin since his last confession. If Duterte sinned by using the phrase “putang ina” or “your mother is a whore”, he must first admit that this is a sin and tell the priest how many times he has committed this sin since his last confession. Then the priest will tell him his penance, e.g. do not swear again or pray 10 Hail Mary’s or make a public apology. After this,, Duterte must recite the Act of Contrition:
And only after this can the priest pronounce the absolution:
And Duterte must respond: Amen.
5. That is what we are taught to do Rev. Villegas, why sensationalize the blunder of a great leader when you can invite and talk to him. Then you can save one member who can bring back million members back to the Catholic faith.
Second, attacking the Pope has resulted to the sin of scandal under the Fifth Commandment, which states that you must not kill:
The sins of calumny against the pope and the resulting scandal it has caused must also be confessed by Duterte during his confession, so that his sins can be forgiven.
The sin of scandal by Duterte was a public act, so Bishop Villegas has to call the sin in public. Otherwise, Bishop Villegas would be derelict in his duty and he would cause further scandal by his silence in public. In a similar way, if a cop sees a thief stealing something or in the act of breaking the law, he must apprehend the thief or the criminal immediately on the spot. Would the cop invite the thief or criminal over a cup of coffee? No. Using the authority of the State that was bestowed on him, he will handcuff the thief or criminal, send him to the precinct, and jail him if necessary.
To tell the sinner that he committed a sin is an act of mercy to save his soul, in the same way as it is a merciful act to call the attention of a man who is about to step into a cliff.
Your sentence is interesting: “Then you can save one member who can bring back million members back to the Catholic faith.” Are you claiming that if the Church forgives Duterte, he can bring back a million members back to the Catholic Church? Maybe. But if we read what his followers are doing in social media, they now use “Putang Ina” also a lot to describe how great Duterte’s accomplishments are in Davao. I think Duterte, by his sin of scandal, has led more souls away from the Catholic Church. As Pat Morita in Karate Kid said:
6. You have been teaching about the prodigal son, Mayor Duterte is not even a prodigal son, but a son whose faith like me, was tainted by the ills committed by our church.
It is true that the Church has been teaching about the Prodigal Son. Now you claim that “Mayor Duterte is not even a prodigal son, but a son whose faith like me, was tainted by the ills committed by our church.” A Prodigal Son in the parable of Christ refers to a son who got all his inheritance from his father (who is still alive!) and squandered all his money:
What is a life of dissipation? According to Google:
Notice that one use of dissipation is used in reference to sexual dissipation, which is one of the vices (or virtues?) of Mayor Duterte: he claims to have two wives and two girlfriends. He claims to use his personal money for these, but ultimately it is God who provided Duterte his money, in the same way as God feeds the sparrows. So Duterte has squandered the gifts God has given him and spent them on women for his sexual pleasure. Thus, Mayor Duterte fits the title of Prodigal Son.
If Dutere’s faith was tainted by the ills of the Church, just like you, this statement does not nullify the description of Mayor Duterte as a Prodigal Son of God our Father in Heaven. Well, actually, all of us who commit mortal sins act like prodigal sons who squander our heavenly inheritance for the pleasures of the world.
7. But we continued to embrace our faith, for we both believe in God.
It is possible to believe in God while not obeying his commands. As St. James said:
Christ also said:
8. Why an appointed one (like you) by men considered holy can’t forgive…
While it is true that Bishop Villegas was appointed by men, i.e. the bishops, we believe from our Catholic faith that his appointment was ratified by Holy Spirit, for bishops are nothing but the successors of the Apostles appointed through the laying of hands. One example of such succession is the appointment of Timothy as bishop by Paul and exhorts him to do what his office demands of him:
And the Apostle Paul exhorts Bishop Timothy:
What did Bishop Socrates Villegas actually wrote in his Facebook profile regarding Mayor Duterte’s cursing of Pope Francis? Here it is:
What Bishop Villegas did was a public rebuke of Mayor Duterte’s, not only for his scandalous cursing of Pope Francis in public, but also for his infidelity in marriage and extrajudicial killings. Did Bishop Villegas curse Duterte? No. Was Bishop Villegas in a position to rebuke Duterte? Yes, because he is fulfilling his office as bishop as described by Paul to Timothy: he corrects his opponent with kindness. He describes Duterte as corrupt and not honorable, and therefore unfit for public office.
The reason why Bishop Villegas is considered holy is not because he lives a holy life (which I can argue he does), but rather because of his office as bishop which is a gift from God through the Sacrament of Holy Orders in order to make us holy as adopted children of God, as temples of the Holy Spirit. Because of his office as bishop, which is the fullness of the priesthood, the mass can be said by priests in his diocese in order to offer the perfect offering of the Body and Blood of Christ during the Holy Mass. By partaking of the Holy Eucharist during Communion, our venial sins are forgiven and we become more capable of heroic deeds of self control against the allure of the 7 Capital or Deadly Sins: Pride, Covetousness, Lust, Anger, Gluttony, Envy, and Sloth.
Bishop Villegas can forgive Duterte provided Duterte avails of the Sacrament of Confession, as we discussed in No. 4. But I think you are confusing two words: forgiving and condoning. Condoning is to know that someone made an evil deed and yet pretend that his evil deed is ok or of lesser in gravity than what it really is. I think what you want is for Bishop Villegas to condone Mayor Duterte’s cursing of Pope Francis.
9. (It was) an unintentional speech (slip of the tongue) from a leader of the people. A mistake which he admitted and was not intended to disrespect the Pope.
It is difficult to prove intention, unless we can see the heart of Mayor Duterte. But we can look at the data from his previous actions to see if there is a pattern. As you surely know, Mayor Duterte curses a lot and uses those “putang ina mo” loosely whenever he speaks. This is already a habit and is very difficult to remove, unless perhaps by lots of prayer and fasting, which are methods recommended by Christ for expelling tough demons (c.f. variant of Mk 9:29).
The Apostle James admonishes us to guard our tongues:
Mayor Duterte did not only curse with his tongue a human being made in the likeness of God; he also cursed he who holds the office of the Vicar of Christ. If you curse an ambassador of France, you also curse the President of France. If you curse the viceroy of Spain, you curse the King of Spain. Similarly, if you curse Pope Francis who is the Vicar of Christ, you also curse Christ. So what Mayor Duterte did is a terrible deed. Let that thought sink into you.
To refresh your memory, this is actually what Mayor Duterte said regarding Pope Francis:
Notice that Mayor Duterte did not say, “Pope putangina umuwi ka na. Wag ka nang magbisita dito.” If this is so, then “putangina” can really be just an expression or expletive whose longer form is “putang ina mo” or “your mother is a whore”. But Mayor Duterte added the word “ka” which refers to the addressee, i.e. the pope. Thus, grammatically, Mayor Duterte cursed the Pope for causing the traffic. Mayor Duterte may not intended this, but the damage has been done.
But if Mayor Duterte’s succeeding claims are true that he was sexually abused by priests when he was a child, then we know where his anger against the church and the pope is coming from:
What is “inadvertence”? The Oxford dictionary defines it as “not resulting from or achieved through deliberate planning.” Duterte explained:
But Christ said:
10. The Church has many blunders too, since time immemorial, have killed many Christians like Joan of Arc for the considered holy man branded her heretic who later was declared a saint by the Roman Catholic Church.
Technically, it was the English government which killed Joan of Arc, though her trial for heresy was done by the members of the English Church Inquisition. The trial was illegal for several reasons:
According to the English, the heresy of St. Joan of Arc was wearing men’s clothes, even though it was a must for her as a protection while she leads the French army during war and as a way to prevent rape. The errors of an ecclesiastical court can be remedied with an appeal to the pope. As I said before, the Church is a human institution whose members are prone to sin and errors; but because of the divinity of the Church’s founder, the Church, as represented by the pope, is preserved from teaching error in matters of faith and morals.
The English condemned Joan of Arc for wearing and not for swearing like Duterte. Or are you trying to paint Duterte as a saint like St. Joan of Arc?
11. Many faithful have forgiven the very church for its wrong doings, for stealing the independence, the human dignity and worst of all, for stealing the properties of many indigenous Filipinos and ruled this country by force for 400 years.
You have to make a distinction between the Church and the Spanish Government, even if the Spanish government supported the Church in its mission to evangelize the natives of the country, for this is in line with what Christ commanded:
Of course, the Spanish government also has its own economic interests in mind when it decided to colonize Philippines, in the same way that Duterte also has his economic interests in mind when he decided to run as president in order to rule the country with his death squads. Note that it is the Spanish government who ruled the country through the Governor General and not the Bishop of Manila. Actually, had it not been for Spain and the Church’s missionary friars, there will be no Philippines to speak of, for there were also other colonizers around during that time, such as the Portuguese and the Dutch, then later the Germans and the British who can partition the country into pieces. Oh, wait. There was the Americans and the Japanese: you can be sure that they ruled the country by the force of their arms, and not by the compulsion of religion.
12. The church, of which I am faithful, had also raped many women in the olden days, aborted babies to cover up for their sins, yet ordinary folk like us forgive this very church for that is the teachings we learned.
The priests may have raped women in the olden days and even until now. If you know such things, like what Mayor Duterte claims, you should report these things to those in authorities, so that the priests can be prosecuted and defrocked, depending on the gravity of their crime. Not to do so means you become an accomplice to the crime. It is possible to forgive yet at the same time allow the evil-doer to serve his sentence in court. Again, I think you are confusing two words: forgiving and condoning. It is possible to forgive, but you don’t condone the sin. Condoning the sin is not one of the teachings of the Catholic Church.
I think you really need to read the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It is possible that some priests taught you wrongly about Catholic doctrines. That is why the Church wrote the Catechism as a definitive guide for leading a moral life and for knowing the laws and doctrines of the church. It is our task as laity to ensure that priests also live moral lives and teach right doctrine. We must pray for our priests.
13. Thus, I ask the Rev Soc Villegas to become the model of what they teach, do not attribute and muddle again the teachings of Christ.
You haven’t yet explicitly quoted the teachings of Christ relevant to the issue between Bishop Villegas and Mayor Duterte. You may think that Bishop Villegas is muddling the teachings of Christ. But perhaps it is also possible that it is your mind that is muddled, so you cannot anymore distinguish the good from the evil or the holy from profane. Perhaps this is what happens when you listen to and approve the cursing and profanities of Mayor Duterte in public.
14. Be a Roman Catholic in line with the teachings of the early Christian like Paul to the Corinthians. All of us have sinned and fallen short of the Glory of God.
Protestants love this verse in Corinthians to prove that Blessed Virgin Mary cannot be sinless, i.e. the Immaculate Conception, because she is part of “all” who have sinned, even though such verse is a general rule and for every rule there is an exception.
So let me guess: You are a Protestant. Did I hit the mark?
All your previous points can only come from someone steeped in Protestant literature. If this is true, then you are using the “faithful Roman Catholic” label as a cloak in order to attack the Church that you have already abandoned a long time ago. If this is true, then it is really high time to be honest with yourself and call yourself by any other name aside from Catholic.
15. God came not for the good, but for the sinners. Please work on the sinners and do not despise them.
Indeed, it is the duty of the Church to call sinners to repentance and not to affirm that what they are doing is ok. As I have been saying all along, I think what you really want is for the Church to condone the sin of Duterte. You think that to rebuke Duterte is to despise Duterte. The Church despises sin but loves the sinner, in the same way as a doctor despises the disease but loves the patient. Sometimes the cure can be a bitter pill or a painful injection, but it is for the good of the patient. Sometimes, the cure can be surgery or amputation of limbs, but these may be needed to save the person. The same is true when the Church deals with sinners. A public rebuke may be painful, but this is mild compared to the fires of Hell and Purgatory. As Christ said:
Note that Christ has empowered the Church to judge sinners:
You wrote earlier, “why sensationalize the blunder of a great leader when you can invite and talk to him.” If the sin of Duterte is only between him and the Pope (they are chatting), then the Pope can admonish Duterte and forgive him if Duterte was sorry. If the sin of Duterte is only between him and his friend who heard him cursing the Pope and no other people knew about it, then the friend can admonish Duterte and forgive him if he says he was sorry. As Christ said, “If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.”
But the sin of Duterte is not only between him and another person: the scandal is public and amplified by social media. So first level of rebuke of one person is not anymore applicable. And neither is the second level, “take one or two others along with you, so that ‘every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses,” since everyone can already watch Duterte curse the Pope in You Tube.
So we go to the last level: we inform the church regarding the scandal. Bishop Villegas, as bishop of the Church, is in a position to address the issue and rebuke Mayor Duterte. And this is what Bishop Villegas did. As you can see, the actions and words of Bishop Villegas are in line with what Christ teaches regarding our brother who sins.
But what if Duterte would still not listen to the Church and threaten the church with destruction through sexual abuse allegations? Even if Duterte can prove his allegations in court and win his case, this does not still remove the fact that he cursed Pope Francis because of traffic–an act which caused a scandal among the Catholic faithful. Unless he repents of his sin and confesses them in the Sacrament of Confession, his soul is in peril.
So if Duterte would not listen to the Church, which St. Paul in describes as “household of God” and “pillar and foundation of truth” (c.f. 1 Tim 3:15), will you still support him, approve of his actions, and campaign for his presidency? And if you do so, would you still consider yourself a Catholic faithful?
Let me end with a prayer from Ateneo de Manila University hymn:
Read the source & comments: http://monkshobbit.blogspot.com/2015/12/15-point-response-open-letter-bishop-villegas-mayor-duterte.html?m=1
The PRESIDENCY is not about Criminality alone! A LEADER should ACT as a LEADER
and must be a good ROLE MODEL for YOUNGER GENERATIONS.
Maybe, “VIOLENCE” is the only thing we need as of today, but think about the future? Think about Younger generations.
Politics isn’t just today’s game plan.
Its a long term plan…
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“When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. 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.”
– Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas