Duterte pokes fun at Catholic ‘All Saints Day’- ‘Santo Rodrigo’
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday, November 1, the day of the Catholic “All Saints’ Day,” joked that Christians
should take a picture of him and display it on an altar instead of celebrating “drunkard” saints.
The hugely popular Duterte has repeatedly locked horns with the Church — which has a significant political and
social clout in the predominantly Catholic Philippines — amid mounting deaths in the government’s bloody war on drugs.
In what could be his latest verbal attack against the Catholic faith, Duterte said in jest that the Church should
just recognize him as a patron saint and stop observing the All Saints’ Day.
The firebrand leader made the remarks during the situation briefing in Isabela province after Typhoon Rosita
(international name: Yutu) battered northern Luzon early this week.
All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day
“These f*cking Catholics, for what reason do they watch All Souls’ Day and All Saints’ Day? We don’t know who those holy people are. Who those imbecilic holy people? They’re simply lushes,” Duterte said in a blend of English and Filipino.
“Simply remain with me. I’ll give you one benefactor holy person so you can quit hunting down one. Get hold of an image of mine and put it on the holy place — Santo Rodrigo,” he included.
Duterte, who known for his rough dialect, prior started open shock in Asia’s greatest Catholic country after he considered the Christian God a “dumb bastard” for making Adam and Eve just to enable their virtue to devastated by enticement.
In the midst of stewing backfire, Duterte promised to quickly leave if Christians can demonstrate that their God exists through a selfie. He later issued an open expression of remorse and advised religious specialists to “never utilize the name of God as a front to assault government.”