Bishop criticizes Duterte for calling his mom a whore

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Posted at Apr 04 2019 08:16 AM

MANILA - Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David on Wednesday criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for calling him a "son of a whore" during a speech in Malabon City. 

David, a vocal critic of alleged extrajudicial killings under the Duterte administration's drug war, posted a photo of his mother, Bienvenida Siongco David, in his Facebook account. 

"She is the woman the President of our country called a whore in his speech yesterday. He called me a son of a whore for allegedly attacking him from the Church pulpit—which I have never ever done. The pulpit is never for that purpose. Unless, of course, he thinks that calling for an end to violence and extrajudicial killing in my diocese is tantamount to attacking him," he said in his FB post. 

He added: "He called my mother a whore on the occasion of the launching of the candidacy of Vice Mayor Jeannie Sandoval, who was shown on camera laughing along with the crowd."

In his post, David said his mother survived the Japanese occupation and got married at the age of 23 before the war ended.

"Although she was consistently at the top of her class from grade school to college, she was not able to finish a degree herself because of the war. Instead of going back to school after the war, she did everything she could to make sure my father would finish his law degree and be able to practice his legal profession," he said. 

He said his mother "had to do all she could to make both ends meet" because his father resisted corruption in his work—first as a provincial prosecutor of San Fernando, Pampanga and later as assistant city prosecutor of Manila. He noted his father could not afford to buy a car until the day he died. 

He said his mother put all 13 of the David siblings through college even after she was widowed at age of 58. 

"Her efforts did not end up in vain; not a single one of her children became a liability to the country. She was given the 'Gintong Ina' award in the late 80’s. She passed away as the millennium came to a close in December 2000," he said.

"Our family does not expect anyone in government to give her a recognition for her immense contribution in nation-building. But we do not expect anyone either, to insult her memory and call her a whore. SHE DOES NOT DESERVE IT."

David, who has been on the receiving end of President Rodrigo Duterte's tirades, earlier said he has been receiving death threats starting February this year. The threats started after Duterte said people should "kill useless bishops."

Last Tuesday, the President again attacked David, saying men of the cloth should not use the pulpit to attack him.

"Alam mo kung pari ka, gusto mo akong atakehin — hoy, David makinig kang p**** i** ka — lumabas ka sa pulpito mo. Huwag mong gamitin ang relihiyon,” Duterte said.