DUTERTE CALLS PHILIPPINE BISHOPS ‘SONS OF BITCHES’

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has renewed his attacks on bishops in the Catholic majority country by describing them as “sons of bitches.”

The outspoken leader has been criticized by the Church for his war on drugs in which 5,000 people have been killed by police since 2016. “Only I can say bishops are sons of bitches, damn you. That is true,”

Duterte said in a speech during a groundbreaking ceremony for a school north of capital Manila on Jan. 10, Reuters reported. Duterte also suggested that most bishops are homosexual. “Most of them are gay,” he said. “They should come out in the open, cancel celibacy and allow them to have boyfriends.”

The president, who is not a regular churchgoer, said early in his presidency that he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy. Almost every time he addresses a crowd, he starts by acknowledging that his staff prepared a speech for him — but he never calls it his own. He always makes a point of putting some distance between him and his speechwriters.

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