Duterte offered unsolicited advice

Richard Gordon

SENATOR Richard Gordon yesterday advised President Rodrigo Duterte to observe care and possiblly tone down his statements against religious leaders of the country especially the Catholic church.

Gordon pinpointed the President’s past statement urging the public to kill and rob bishops and priests when they see them.  Malacañang later said that the statement is another of the Chief Executive’s jokes and should not be taken seriously.

“Mag-ingat sa mga biro kung minsan, nagbabagsak siya minsan, ine-exaggerate niya” which could be regretted later, stressed Gordon.

The unsolicited advice from the senator came after Manila Archbishop Luis Cardinal Tagle confirmed the death threats being received by outspoken Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David and other members of the church in various places in the country.

After this, Duterte then told the public not to threaten the lives of bishops and priests while saying that his fight with the Catholic church is “personal.”

Gordon said that the President must not be the victim of his own words so that he will not be blamed for the consequences of the issues that unfold.

“Don’t fall on your own sword, Mr. President, dahil baka mamaya ikaw pa ang sisisihin,” the senator said.

It was in December 2018 when the President made a public speech which contains his encouragement for the public to attack bishops and priests.