MANILA - "I only take vitamins with fruit shake blended with malunggay in the morning."
Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David had this to say in response to fresh allegations made by President Rodrigo Duterte that he might be into drugs.
"You might want to try it, Sir. It will do you a lot of good. God bless you," the prelate added, appearing to scoff at the President's remarks.
"I only help in rehabilitating people addicted to drugs," David, a vocal critic of the President, wrote on his Facebook page.
David said he has partnered with the local government units of Caloocan, Malabon, and Navotas in helping people suffering from substance abuse.
Without backing up his claim, Duterte said Monday he thinks the Church leader might be into drugs.
"I'm telling you, David. Nagdududa nga ako bakit sige ikot 'yan ng gabi. Nagduda tuloy ako p***** i** nasa droga ka," he said in a speech during the kickoff of a water supply project in Davao City.
He earlier accused David of pocketing church donations for the benefit of his family.
Reacting to the President's accusation, the prelate said his parents never taught him to steal.
"People who are sick sometimes do not know what they are talking about, so we should just bear with them," he said.