Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr., a former rebel priest, is the newest addition to a 4-man panel
that will hold a dialogue with leaders of the Catholic Church, Malacañang said Thursday.
President Rodrigo Duterte formed the committee as he sought to mend ties with the institution and
other Christian groups, after his controversial remark calling God “stupid.”
“He (Evasco) is an ex-cleric himself and knows accordingly the authoritative opinion of the Catholic Church,”
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press preparation.
The administration board wants to meet with the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)
one week from now, said Roque.
Besides we ultimate objective is for the two foundations to cooperate to serve society by and large… We need nearer
collaboration not simply in authoritative opinions,” he said.
“We need nearer collaboration in the fields of hostile to drugs, of decreasing destitution, ashore change, on issues that influence individuals which both the Church and the state ought to be associated with,” he included.
The President already mark the Catholic Church as the “most double-dealing establishment,” while some CBCP pioneers have to reprove Duterte’s against opiates drive.
Hence Duterte organization enters its second year, the President trusts that “the races would have been overlooking and that he would have just been acknowledging even by those that did not vote or support him as president,” said Roque.
Roque is likewise an individual from the discourse board of trustees, together with political strategist and self-announced municipal pioneer Pastor “Kid” Saycon, and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella.