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SHORTLY after his election last May 9, President Duterte figured in an exchange of words with some leaders of the Catholic Church, calling it a hypocritical institution and accusing some bishops and priests of hypocrisy and corruption. It was then that Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), said he would invoke “the silence of Jesus before the arrogance of Pilate.”

SAME-sex marriage has long been a controversial issue in the United States (US) and in many other countries in the world. On June 26, 2015, the US Supreme Court ruled by a close 5-4 decision that the Constitution guarantees the right of same-sex couples to get married in all 50 states. It overturned a Supreme Court decision of June 26, 2013, which had declared unconstitutional a part of the Defense of Marriage Act which defined marriage solely as a legal union between a man and a woman. But last Jan. 6, 2016, the Alabama chief justice ordered judges in the state not to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. It is said to be unclear if Alabama’s judges are following his order.

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“It will not improve because that is his character…I believe he will make true his threat before that he will expose the anomalies involving priests and bishops which is only right,” he added.

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Although the Duterte administration is not “perfect,” Church leaders said they could see his sincere desire to effect change in the country.

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