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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 08:13 PM

Philippines' Duterte: 'Kill Those Useless Bishops'

Provocative president intensifies attack on the Catholic Church, which opposes his deadly war on drugs.

by Ted Regencia
7 hours ago
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Rodrigo Duterte recently threatened to have a bishop's head cut off

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said his country's Catholic bishops are "useless fools" and should be "killed" as the controversial leader stepped up his attack on the church, which has opposed his deadly war on drugs in the Southeast Asian archipelago.

In a speech at the presidential palace on Wednesday, Duterte was quoted in local news reports as saying in a mix of Filipino and English: "These bishops that you guys have, kill them. They are useless fools. All they do is criticise."

In an address to government officials later, Duterte also called the Catholic Church "the most hypocritical institution" and said his God is different from the one Catholics worship.

"I never said I do not believe in God. What I said is your God is stupid, mine has a lot of common sense. That's what I told the bishops. I never said I was an atheist," he said in an apparent reference to an earlier statement when he was quoted as saying God is "stupid" and a "son of a whore".

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https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/12/philippines-duterte-kill-useless-catholic-bishops-181205132220894.html

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