No more cursing when I'm president - Duterte

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte at a press conference in Davao, Thursday. Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY - Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday promised that he will stop cursing in public when he becomes president.

Duterte, known for lacing his speeches with curses and invectives, said he acknowledges the serious nature of his office and that he is only “enjoying” the remaining days before he officially becomes the president.

“There is a protocol to follow. Iyung speech ko, maybe yung speech ko I have to read it… ‘Di na ako pwedeng magloko loko dyan. Kapag nandyan ako, ‘di na talaga, swear to God,” he said.

“Hindi na talaga ako mag-p***** **a, p***** **a.”

Duterte’s gutter language was heavily criticized during the campaign. In November last year, he got flak for cursing the Pope for causing traffic jams during his papal visit in January 2015. His ratings in opinion polls fell after this incident.

There was also outrage over his statement that he “should have been first” in raping Australian missionary Jacqueline Hamill, who was taken hostage and then killed by prisoners.

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At one point in the press conference on Thursday morning, he was told that his speech was being aired live after he uttered curses.

He said people should accept him for what he is, including his foul mouth.

“Mabuti, para malaman nila ang ugali ko. Pakita ko ang mga mura ko. Kasali ‘yun sa buhay ko. Kapag nawala ang mura ko, patay na ako ibig sabihin,” he said. “Ganon ang lenggwahe ko, that is my universal identity.”

'NOT ALL BISHOPS ARE MY ENEMIES'

Meanwhile, Duterte said not all Catholic bishops are his enemies. This, after he recently criticized anew the Catholic Church and some members of the clergy.

“Okay naman kami. Hindi naman lahat ng bishops kaaway ko. Iyung bishop dito barkada kami eh,” he said.

“I’m a Christian, depende sa kausap ko. Eh kung gago ka sabihin ko wala akong relihiyon. Noon high school, sunud-sunuran kami; nung law school, sunud sunuran; ngayong president, sunud sunuran [pa rin] ako?”

Duterte is on a collision course with the Catholic Church with his recent pronouncements on some of its teachings. He has also criticized Catholic bishops who indirectly urged the electorate not to vote for him in the May 9 polls.

Last Sunday, he called the 2,000-year-old Roman Catholic church the “most hypocritical institution.”

READ: Duterte launches vulgar attacks on Church

He said the Church’s teachings are no longer in keeping with modern times, and slammed its opposition to artificial methods of birth control.

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He also had strong words against members of the clergy who ask favors from politicians.

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