By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has called on a priest who allegedly killed his “pregnant paramour” to surrender to authorities or risk getting killed “like a dog.”
The President mentioned a certain “Fernandez” accused of murder and offered to arrest him during his speech at the awarding of the 10 outstanding women in law enforcement and national security in Malacañang Monday night.
“Itong — ‘yong si Fernandez ba ‘yan? A priest who killed a pregnant paramour of his and he is… Nothing is happening to the case. Maglabas ‘yang warrant na ‘yan. Kung walang police, siyempre mahiya, ma… It’s very unsettling actually. So ako ang mag-aresto sa iyo [Is it Fernandez? A priest who killed a pregnant paramour of his. Nothing is happening to the case. A warrant will be issued. If there’s no police, of course they will be reluctant, it’s very unsettling actually so I will be the one to arrest you],” Duterte said.
“You better surrender because if you will not, I’ll hunt you down. And if you don’t surrender, you put up a good fight; I’ll kill you like a dog. Wala akong — the law is the law is the law. Period,” he added.
The President did not mention other details about the case during his speech.
Duterte has often criticized the Catholic Church for its alleged corruption and abuse, saying it was the most hypocritical institution in the country.
A self-confessed abuse victim, Duterte recently called on the church to reform itself after Pope Francis confirmed the sex abuses involving some priests, including making nuns as sex slaves.
In his speech at the Palace, Duterte explained that he was only trying to tell the truth about the abuses committed by priests.
“So Pope, nag-summit sila to dwell on the abuses, sex offenses of the ano… Ayaw lang ninyo maniwala eh. Sabi ko ‘yang mga obispo mga g*** ‘yan [The Pope held a summit to dwell on the abuse, sex offences. You won’t believe me then. I said those bishops are fools],” he said.
“So how many cardinals already defrocked? Tinanggalan ng sutana? Oh see? Tapos sabihin ninyo ako bastos ganun. Oh look. Ako lang ang nagsasabi nang totoo. Iyan ang totoo [Then you’ll tell me I’m the rude one. Oh look. I was the only one telling the truth. That’s the truth],” he added.
He also renewed his appeal to the priests to step away from the pulpit if they want to criticize him. “When you criticize me, do not use the religion. Do not use the pulpit. You go out of the pulpit,” he added.