Duterte to CBCP Bishop David: "Ito ang magnanakaw sa simbahan, para ipakain sa pamilya niya." - The Daily Sentry

Friday, November 23, 2018

Duterte to CBCP Bishop David: "Ito ang magnanakaw sa simbahan, para ipakain sa pamilya niya."

President Rodrigo Duterte accuses Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of  stealing the Catholic Church. Image combined credit to Daily Mail and iOrbitNews
President Rodrigo Duterte during his recent visit to Cavite for the inauguration of the Cavite Gateway Terminal once again put emphasis on the alleged corruption in the Catholic Church.

During his speech, he named one Bishop who allegedly steal money and offerings in the Catholic Church to give for his family.

The bishop who he named "David" was Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David.

Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. Image credit to Facebook
“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 [You David, better shut up. You ask for contributions…Where do the people’s money go? The fool even asks for a second collection],” Duterte said.

“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 [The truth is, I tell you, the offerings, pineapples, avocados, bananas, where do they go? You want to know? You want to see video? I’ll show you. They go to his family],” he added.

Bishop David says Duterte is a very 'sick man'

On November 2, after President Duterte has jokingly said to to pray to 'Santo Rodrigo' and Catholic saints are ‘gago’ and ‘lasenggo,’ so they should just place his photo at their altars, Bishop David made a remark against Duterte and called on Filipino Catholics to pray for the country and for President Duterte because is a 'very sick' man.

“I think it should be obvious to people by now that our country is being led by a very sick man. We pray for him. We pray for our country,” David said.

David said, to be a Christian is to be ready to be branded as a “fool for Christ.”

Deny accusations of stealing

After President Duterte accuses Bishop David of stealing in the Catholic Church, the Kalookan bishop said in a Facebook post that the President must be confused in someone else because he is the only "Bishop David" in the CBCP.

David even said that his parent never taught him to steal.

The bishop presides over the president by saying that sometimes people who are sick do not really know what they are saying so they need to understand.

“You see, people who are sick sometimes do not know what they are talking about, so we should just bear with them,” Bishop David said in his post.

Duterte on saying "God was stupid"

On President Duterte's controversial remark that triggered the public outrage for saying God was stupid, he defends that his God is different from the god of his critics.

Duterte also dared the Catholic Church to have a debate with him to expose how corrupt and the sins of the priest.

“I’m ready to debate with you in public. You know guys, do not overdo things because not all is right within the Catholic Church. You read the — it’s a bestseller — “Popes” with a plural. Makita mo doon [You’ll see] how rotten the Vatican is,” he said.

“Iyong si Pope na nag-retire lang. Well, I’ll tell you now kung bakit siya nag-retire nang maaga. Should I talk about it in public? And the sins of the Bishops here,” he added.

“It is not true that I do not believe in God. Huwag kayong maniwala. That is heresy,” he said, adding he was educated in a Catholic school.

“Sinabi ko sa mga ugok na obispo na ‘yan, your God does not have common sense. My God has a lot of it. Kasi magkaiba ang perception natin sa Diyos ninyo pati ‘yung Diyos ko,” he said.

Kalookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David. Image credit to Facebook
Aside from being a vice president of the CBCP,  Bishop David is known for its programs that apply to the Diocese of Kalookan especially for poor and illegal medicine users.

David launched a community-based rehabilitation program that provides new users and pushers in Caloocan, Navotas and Malabon.

The bishop has repeatedly criticized the doings associated with government's war on illegal medicine.

He believes addiction is a disease that needs to be treated.


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Source:  Manila Bulletin