'When did I lie?' Duterte on Church sex abuse cases

ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 11 2019 06:00 AM

MANILA - "When did I lie?"

President Rodrigo Duterte had this to say over sexual abuse allegations against members of the Catholic Church.

Speaking before the miting de avance of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago - Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod (HNP-HTL) Davao City District 1 in Davao City Friday night, he recalled being molested allegedly by a priest when he was a young boy.

He said the priest allegedly fondled his private parts during a confession in church.

"Kanus-a man ko namakak? Dili lang nila gusto akong baba sa Manila kay mobuga ko ug bastos, pero tinuod," he said in Cebuano.

(When did I lie? Hindi lang nila gusto dahil bastos akong magsalita, pero totoo.)

"Nagkamali lang sila sa akoa og kontra. Abi lang nila mohilom ko kay mahadlok ko mawad-an og boto sa mga Katoliko," he added.

(Nagkamali lang sila sa pagkalaban sa akin. Akala nila hindi ako magsasalita dahil natatakot ako na mawalan ng boto mula sa mga Katoliko.)

The President has repeatedly assailed the Catholic Church, which has criticized the government's war on drugs.