MANILA—Filipinos should pray for President Rodrigo Duterte for he is a “very sick man,” Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said Friday.
“I think it should obvious to people by now that our country is being led by a very sick man. We pray for him. We pray for our country,” David said in a Facebook post.
The statement came after Duterte called saints “gago” (fools) and “lasenggo” (drunk) after telling Filipinos to emulate them on All Saints’ Day.
David said there is “nothing new” about saints being called as such, because to be a Christian is to be a “fool for Christ.”
“There’s nothing new about our saints being called ‘fools and drunkards’. St John the Baptist was even called ‘devil-possessed’. Jesus himself was called a ‘glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinner’,” he said.
“To be a Christian is to be ready to be branded as a ‘fool for Christ’.”
The President has repeatedly courted outrage from Catholics and their leaders due to their criticism of his war on drugs and other policies.