- President Duterte blamed the priests for the collapse of a church in Benguet.
- Presidential Spokesperson stated that people should not take Duterte’s words seriously all the time.
President Rodrigo Duterte slams the Catholic Church once again as he blamed the priests regarding the collapse of the church in Itogon, Benguet.
On Sunday, he said that if they only changed the priests in the area, the building would not collapse.
“There is an evolving story in Itogon, Barangay Ucab, 43 persons doon , nag-collapse ‘yung church. Sa totoo lang, kung pinalitan ninyo ‘yung pari diyan, hindi magbagsak ‘yang simbahan na ‘yan.”
He also called the priests stupid.
“Bobo kasi itong mga pari.”
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque defended the President’s words and told people to not take it too seriously as he thinks that Duterte was just joking.
“Ang tingin ko naman po hindi seryoso ang Presidente. Let us not always take his word seriously.”
This was not the first time that the President lashed out on the institution as he called the Catholic Church the “most hypocritical institution” before.
“I’ll tell you, the most hypocritical institution in the Philippines is the Catholic Church.”
The collapse was due to Typhoon Ompong (international codename Mangkhut) that made a landfall in the Philippines last Saturday, September 15.