De Lima lambasts Duterte for accusing bishop of stealing: It takes courage to stand-up against a psychotic tyrant - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, December 2, 2018

De Lima lambasts Duterte for accusing bishop of stealing: It takes courage to stand-up against a psychotic tyrant



President Rodrigo Duterte | Senator Leila De Lima |  Photo from ABS-CBN

Detained opposition Senator Leila De Lima lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte for his remarks against a catholic prelate who was accused of using church donations for personal use.

De Lima said in her recent dispatch sent from Camp Crame that “Duterte’s attack on Bishop Pablo ‘Ambo’ David is nothing but slanderous. It is vintage Duterte. He destroys the reputation of those who oppose him and those who fight for the victims of his rule,”

De Lima, a staunchest critic of Duterte, further said that it is very typical for Duterte who resort to destroying the good name and reputation of individuals who are critical of his administration's policy every time he tries to silence them.

"Bishop Ambo is his latest victim. Aside from tending to the relatives of EJK victims in his diocese, Bishop Ambo drew the ire of Duterte for his rebuke on the President's latest attacks on the Catholic religion and the Church," she said

Senator Leila De Lima | Photo from Inquirer
The detained senator said she remains proud there are leaders of the Catholic Church, like Bishop David, who continue to have the courage and fortitude to defend the poor from the extrajudicial killings perpetrated by the government.

“He has been successful in condemning the endless killings under Duterte,

To the point that he has now become the newest target of Duterte’s intrigues, lies, and slanders,” she said,

She also described David as “one of the most respected figures in the Catholic Church.”

“It takes a different kind of courage to stand up against the powerful, and a psychotic tyrant at that, and to fight for the powerless. This is the kind of courage that continues to give hope to our people, and by doing so will deliver them from the evil that envelops the country,” she added.

Though the President did not completely name the said bishop, but the public was quick to link him with Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, who is also known to be one of the most vocal critics of the President and the administration's campaign against illegal drugs.

While David said the President has probably confused him with someone else because he is the only prelate named “David” in the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

“People who are sick sometimes do not know what they are talking about, so we should just bear with them. My parents never taught me to steal,” David wrote on his Facebook post.

During the inauguration of Cavite Gateway Terminal in Tanza, Cavite, the President identified a certain Bishop “David”, who allegedly asks for contributions from the churchgoers only to pocket the proceeds.

"Ikaw, David, tumahimik ka ha. Sige ka lang hingi ng contribution diyan sa mga… Saan ang pera ng mga tao? Ang g*** sige lang hingi, may second collection pa," Duterte said.

President Rodrigo Duterte | Bishop Pablo Virgilio David | Photo from ABS-CBN
"Alam mo totoo lang, sabihin ko sa inyo, iyong mga offerings, iyong mga pinya, mga avocado, saging, saan napupunta ‘yan? Gusto ninyong malaman? Gusto ninyo ng video? Ibigay ko sa inyo. Doon sa pamilya niya," he added.

De Lima was accused of conspiring with inmates at the New Bilibid Prison to sell or trade illegal drugs inside the national penitentiary while she was Justice secretary, in exchange for millions of pesos she allegedly used for her senatorial campaign in 2016.

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Source: GMA News