Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte continues to shock the entire country—and the world—with his ‘interesting’ way of looking at things. According to Daily Mail, Duterte who has previously spoken out toward support of same-sex marriage, made public comments today about the Catholic clergy and homosexuality.
Duterte, a practicing Catholic, gave a speech at a groundbreaking ceremony near Manila where he claimed:
Only I can say bishops are sons of b*****s, damn you. That is true. Most of them are gay. They should come out in the open, cancel celibacy and allow them to have boyfriends.
Duterte has also been open about sharing he was abused by a priest as a child and feels Catholic priests are ‘useless fools’ and should be ‘killed’ according to Daily Mail.
These bishops that you guys have, kill them. They are useless fools. All they do is criticize.
This is believed to be his response to the Catholic church’s opposition to the country’s on-going war on drugs. His stance on the Catholic Church seems to be one of the platforms of his presidency since coming into office in 2016. The war on drugs has left thousands dead in the country and the church has been very vocal against extrajudicial killings.
Duterte is known for his discriminatory comments and previously has made embarrassing statements about prisoners who he felt were "beyond reform" because their time in prison had resulted in them turning gay.
h/t: Daily Mail