MANILA- "My parents never taught me to steal."
This was the reaction of Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David to President Rodrigo Duterte's recent allegation that a certain Bishop "David" was stealing donations.
Duterte, in a speech Thursday, said a prelate named "David" was bringing Church donations to his family for personal use.
"Ikaw, David, tumahimik ka ha. Sige ka lang hingi ng contribution diyan sa mga… Saan ang pera ng mga tao? Ang g*** sige lang hingi, may second collection pa,” said the President, referring to the collection of offerings at mass.
(You, David, you be quiet. You go on asking for contributions... Where do the people's money go? The fool just keeps on asking, there is even a second collection.)
The Caloocan prelate, a vocal critic of the President, said he is the only Filipino bishop named "David" and that Duterte may have confused him for someone else.
"I am the only Bishop ‘David’ in the CBCP. I think he has confused me for someone else," David said in a statement Friday.
"You see, people who are sick sometimes do not know what they are talking about, so we should just bear with them," he said in a Facebook post.
"My parents never taught me to steal," he added.
The Church leader earlier this month asked the public to pray for Duterte for he is a “very sick man.”
He made the remark after the President called saints “gago” (fools) and “lasenggo” (drunk) after telling Filipinos to emulate them on All Saints’ Day.