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‘Wag mandamay! Robredo tells Duterte to single out erring priests instead of attacking clergy

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President Rodrigo Duterte should single out priests who commit wrongdoing rather than attack the clergy, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Wednesday (March 20).

At the sidelines of an event in Pangasinan, Robredo said the clergy should not be attacked over the mistakes of a few priests.

“Kung mayroong isang pari na palagay niya nagkasala, eh ‘di siya lang. Pero huwag namang sabihin na ipapapatay iyong mga pari, kasi iyong nasasaktan nito hindi lang naman iyong mga pari, pero iyong mga faithful, na iyong mga faithful ang tinitingnan nilang parang representative ng faith nila, iyong simbahan at iyong pari,” she said.

Robredo said Duterte’s words carry weight because he is President, so his attacks against priests have an adverse effect.

“Dahil marami iyong naniniwala sa sinasabi mo, with more reason para mas maging accountable ka din sa sinasabi mo,” she said.

Duterte has repeatedly wished for priests to die after a man of cloth joked at a mass that he prays the President will be sick.

However, he has also warned anyone planning to kill priests to back off or they will have to answer to him.