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Duterte urges gay bishops to ‘come out’



President Duterte on Thursday said that gay bishops should come out in the open and be allowed to have boyfriends as he renewed his attacks against the Catholic Church for criticizing his drug war.

In a speech in Bulakan, Bulacan, Duterte once again claimed that majority of bishops are gays and that the Catholic Church should now embrace homosexual kinship among the clergy.

However, the President doubted if people will still believe in a gay bishop.

“Karamihan sa kanila bakla. O tingnan mo. Wala akong ano sa bakla. Eh sa dormitory ang ka-roommate ko bakla man,” he said.

“Pero sila, they should come out in the open, cancel celibacy, and allow them to have boyfriends also. Ang problema kung sino’ng maniwala sa iyo,” he added.

Duterte, who earlier revealed he was molested by a priest when he was still a student, also said he would not mind if attacking the Church will cause his downfall.

“No politician of recent memory makipag-away diyan sa Vatican pati sa Pope. Nagka – mahiya sila dito sa akin,” he said.

“Ako, so be it. If it will cause my downfall, I will accept it. If I die or totally destroyed or discredited as a politician, that would be my destiny,” he added.

The President explained anew that he is intentionally attacking the Church as they should not be like politicians who use their platform to criticize the government.

“Kasi inaatake nila ako sa pulpito eh. Huwag mong gamitin ito kasi parang Liberal Party ka na rin o PDP-Laban ka diyan nagsasalita,” Duterte said. (Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos)