President Rodrigo Duterte has denounced bishops in the Catholic-majority country as "sons of b ***** s", renewing his attacks on the church that has criticized him about his bloody war on drugs.
Duterte, Who launched his campaign against drugs when he took office in mid-2016, remains hugely popular but about the campaign, in which thousands of people have been killed, have been growing. ***** s, damn you. That is true, "Duterte said in a speech during a groundbreaking ceremony for a school north of the capital, Manila.
Duterte did not mention any particular reason for his criticism of the church on Thursday, which included a suggestion that most bishops are homosexual. "" Most of them are gay, "he said. "They should come out in the open, cancel celibacy and allow them to have boyfriends."
Duterte, who is not a regular church-goer, said early in his presidency that he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy
The Roman Catholic Church is facing clerical sexual abuse scandals in various parts of the world, although there have been no major cases reported in the Philippines.
In previous speeches, Duterte called God "stupid" and described as "silly" the doctrine of Holy Trinity
Francis Lucas, an official with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, played down the president's criticism, saying all should show restraint.
"We have to be more sensitive to the sensitivities and sensibilities of others out of respect, "Lucas customs Reuters news agency.
Some of the 5,000 people have been killed in police anti-drug operations in Duterte's anti-drug drive.
Police rejects the killings were executions, saying drug peddlers and users were killed in shootouts , and police acted in self defense
About 80 percent of the more than 1
Reuters news agency