Duterte 'curses' at Pope Francis; says he's not afraid to lose votes

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Duterte puts himself in a risky situation after cursing at Pope Francis in his speech.

MANILA, Philippines-- Davao City Mayor and presidential aspirant Rodrigo Duterte remained grace under fire after allegedly spewing expletives to Pope Francis during his formal declaration speech as the standard bearer of PDP-Laban on Monday.

The tough-talking mayor did not spare the pontiff in his televised speech criticizing the inconvenience caused by the Papal's visit last January 2015. During the visit, Duterte recounted that it took him five hours to get to the airport due to road closures.

"Sabi ko, 'Bakit?' Sabi sarado na ang daan. Sabi ko, 'Sinong darating?' Sabi si Pope. Gusto kong tawagan, 'Pope, p— ina ka, umuwi ka na. 'Wag ka nang bumisita dito." (I asked, 'Why?' They told me the roads were closed. I asked them, 'Who's coming?' They told me it's the Pope. I want to call him, 'Pope, you m*therf*ck*r, go home. Don't visit here.)

The mayor also insinuated that the Catholic Church must correct its faults otherwise it will go extinct, and also cited the Church's attitude towards population control in the Philippines. Moreover, he declared that he is not afraid to speak up against the church and lose voters in the process.

"Yung ibang presidente takot kasi kapag nagkampanya ang mga pari, talo na sila.” (Other presidential candidates are afraid [to talk] because when the priests campaign against them, they will lose.)

On the other hand, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) hits back in a statement titled 'Mayor Duterte?' saying that "Vulgarity is corruption". CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas said:
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"Vulgarity is corruption. When we find vulgarity funny, we have really become beastly and barbaric as a people. When a revered and loved and admired man like Pope Francis is cursed by a political candidate and the audience laugh, I can only bow my head and grieve in great shame. My countryman has gone to the dregs."

In an ambush interview after his controversial speech, Duterte said that he thinks the pontiff will understand his grievings, as he is a compassionate pope. On the other hand, Duterte's running mate and Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, who was beside Duterte during his speech, defended the mayor:

"I think he was not referring to the Pope kasi I have heard him talk about that many times. He was talking about you should not close streets and inconvenience people for anyone in the world. But the way kasi he speaks about and shows frustrations."

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