Duterte hits priests over church funds, scandals, homosexuality

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President Rodrigo Duterte leads an oath-taking ceremony of new police officials.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — President Rodrigo Duterte was in his combative-self again when he swore in newly-promoted police officials in Malacañang on Thursday afternoon.

This time, he vented his anger on Catholic priests who had been critical of his war on drugs.

Duterte said that instead of helping in the "huge problem" of drugs by going around and telling people about the evils of addiction, some priests chose to denounce the anti-drug campaign over alleged extrajudicial killings.

"Kung mahusay ka na pari, ipaintindi mo, mamamatay ka. Umalis ka sa droga. Eh 'di nakakatulong pa kayo. Hindi instead na maghintay kayo na may namatay na, you criticize the police, you criticize me. For what?" Duterte said.

[Translation: If you are a good priest, make the people understand that they will die if they go into drugs. Not just sit around and wait for people to die and then criticize the police, criticize me.]

The President then went on to cite the anomalies that had hounded the Catholic church.

"Kayong simbahan ng Katoliko. Milyon ang kita ninyo linggo-linggo all throughout the Philippines. Karaming simbahan. Saan ang pera ng tao?"

[Translation: The Catholic church earns millions every week. Where has the money gone?]

Duterte said that in their place, three priests had two wives each. He also mentioned about homosexuality and scandals.

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"Anong gawin ninyo kabaklaan ninyo diyan sa mga seminaryo ninyo? Anong pinaggagawa ninyo sa mga bata noon? Did you investigate us?" he said in his curse-laden impromptu speech. During the presidential campaign, Duterte had mentioned that he was once abused by a priest during his student days.

[Translation: What will you do about homosexuality in the seminary? What have you done to minors there?]

"What is your moral ascendancy in the Philippines? Religion? What is the meaning of it? Hindi kayo nakakatulong, daldal kayo nang daldal [You are not helping, you just keep on blabbering]."

The 'huge problem'

Duterte repeated his admission that he could not deal with the drug problem alone -- saying he was losing sleep over the thousands of names on his narco-list.

He said his inches-thick compilation of names included city mayors, municipal mayors, six thousand policemen and 40% of barangay captains in the country.

President Duterte tells newly-promoted police officials to be loyal to the Constitution.

But he vowed not to give up the fight.

"I will do everything. I will not allow my country to go to the dogs. And I will do everything to preserve my country, the Filipino people."

And "everything," he said, did not include declaring martial law — which he said was just being used as a headline issue to sell newspapers.