Duterte on Catholic clergy sex abuse: Was I wrong all along?
President Rodrigo Duterte delivers his speech during the 9th anniversary of the Mindanao Development Authority and the 25th anniversary of the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on Feb. 19, 2019.
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Duterte on Catholic clergy sex abuse: Was I wrong all along?

Alexis Romero (Philstar.com) - February 20, 2019 - 11:17pm

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte, who claimed to have been molested by a priest when he was a student, hurled fresh tirades against the Catholic Church on the eve of an unprecedented summit on clergy sex abuse in the Vatican. 

Duterte said the summit called by Pope Francis proved that he was right about the abuses of Catholic clergymen. 

"Was I wrong all along? I told you so," the president said during the signing of two laws Wednesday in Malacañang.

"Right after we were abused and the pope now is calling for a summit to address this particular problem because four out of five, according to Rome, of priests are gay," he added. 

Vatican did not issue such a statement. 

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Duterte made the remarks as church leaders from around the world are preparing for a summit that would tackle sexual abuses involving members of the clergy. 

Pope Francis, top Vatican officials and more than 100 bishops will attend the summit, which is expected to focus on bishops' responsibility to protect their flocks, the effects of shirking those responsibilities and the need for transparency.

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Duterte has been at odds with the Catholic Church because some bishops have criticized his war on illegal drugs, which has left more than 5,000 people dead.  

Duterte claimed he and his batchmates at the Ateneo de Davao University High School were molested by a priest named Mark Falvey. 

"Every Friday, Friday mass, magkumpisal tayo. Eh, mag-confess kayo, yung b**** mo jina-jumble -jumble. Dalawa kaya yan. di nila alam yung akin tatlo (we hear confession. We confess. Your testicles are jumbled. I have two. They did not know I have three," he said.  

Duterte reiterated that priests should not use their homilies to criticize his administration because of the principle of separation of Church and state. 

"If you do that, you are opening the church to counter-attack. We know a lot of secrets," the president said.

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