- Catholic bishops in the Philippines promised to give their full support for President Rodrigo Duterte
- However, they will only support Duterte if he adheres to the rule of law
- The Church will also continue to oppose the restoration of the death penalty and the implementation of the RH law
Despite the constant verbal attacks from President Rodrigo 'Rody' Duterte, the bishops of the Catholic Church in the Philippines promised to support his plans for the country, especially those that focus on fighting crime and transforming the nation.
However, the Church will also have to see if the newly-sworn in president will adhere to the rule of law in implementing his agenda, plans and programs.
“Let us give him a chance to fulfill his promises but within the parameters of the law,” Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila said on Friday.
Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros agreed with the pronouncement of Bishop Pabillo, saying that the Church will back Duterte’s plans as long as they do not violate the constitution.
“Of course we are going to support him within the confines of the law. He has the support of our prayers,” Oliveros said.
The Malolos bishop also praised Duterte’s inaugural speech, saying that it was long enough to cover the important topics and short enough not to be boring.
Basilan Bishop Martin Jumoad also expressed his belief that Duterte has the ability and the political will to make the country more secure and peaceful. Lipa Bishop Ramon Arguelles expressed his support for the president’s plans to reform the country for the better.
The Catholic Church has decided to remain mostly quiet and not fire back at Duterte, who has repeatedly cursed its bishops and even called the institution the 'most hypocritical' in the world.
Duterte also cursed Pope Francis last year for causing heaving traffic during his visit to the Philippines but later retracted his comment after receiving tons of criticisms from the public. The president is also at odds with the Church regarding the restoration of the death penalty and the implementation of the RH law.-DN, Kami Media