- CBCP head Archbishop Socrates Villegas condemns Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s cussword on Pope Francis
- The Philippine’s church leadership says even vulgarity is a form of corruption
- Villegas says ‘finding vulgarity funny shows people as beastly and barbaric’
The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines has issued a reaction on Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte’s expletive words on the traffic jams caused by Pope Francis’ visit in the Philippines.
In a statement that circulated on Facebook early Tuesday, December 1, Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that “vulgarity is corruption” as well.
“The usual face of corruption that we recognize easily is stealing from public funds. Corruption, like a monster, is a devil with many faces,” the CBCP official said.
Villegas pointed out: “When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people.”
The archbishop defended the leader of the 1.2 billion-strong Catholic community against the recently entered presidential candidate’s cussword.
“When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countrymen has gone to the dregs.”
“Is this the leadership by example that Mayor Duterte excites in us? Is this the leadership by example that makes a public official deserving of the title ‘Honorable’?”
Duterte drew enormous attention in the news and social media on Monday, November 30 when he threw expletive words describing the traffic he experienced when Pope Francis visited the Philippines in January.
In his speech during PDP-Laban’s announcement of Duterte and Senator Allan Peter Cayetano as thei standard bearers, Duterte recalled a specific instance he got pissed with the Manila traffic caused by the pontiff’s visit.
“Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope putang ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang magbisita dito,” Duterte quipped. (I wanted to call him and say: Pope, you son of a bitch. Go home, Don’t visit here.)
The Davao City mayor – who has been infamous for his use of harsh words and punitive justice – defended that he was mad at the government for allowing the traffic to go crazy and not with the pope.
“It was not intended to attack the Pope,” he told Rappler in a phone interview late Monday.
“I was expressing my exasperation with the government. It’s okay to receive visitors but you don’t impose hardships on the people,” Duterte emphasized, refusing to apologize for his words.