Fact check: Did Pope Francis give his ‘blessings’ to Duterte administration?

Fact check: Did Pope Francis give his ‘blessings’ to Duterte administration?

- A post said that Pope Francis allegedly gave his blessings to the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte

- It stated that the Pope gave his blessings for the governments to fight against “traffickers of death”

- However, this claim has been debunked by a French news agency

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A report claimed that Pope Francis blessed the governments, most especially the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to fight against ‘drug lords’ and ‘drug traffickers’ that are also ‘traffickers of death’. However, KAMI learned that this claim is false.

As website called Philnetizen published an article with a headline saying, “Pope Francis: Paglaban sa drug lords at drug traffickers, tungkulin ng bawat gobyerno”.

Fact check: Did Pope Francis give his ‘blessings’ to Duterte administration?

Screenshot from Philnetizen
Source: Facebook

According to the post, that Pope Francis allegedly blessed the Duterte administration to have courage and fight against “traffickers of death” as reported by ABS-CBN News.

Fact check: Did Pope Francis give his ‘blessings’ to Duterte administration?

Screenshot from Philnetizen
Source: Facebook

Check out the site here.

However, this claim was debunked by French news agency, Agence French-Presse.

In a report by Vatican News, the Holy See’s did not mention about giving blessings specifically to the Duterte administration. You may check the link here.

In a previous report by KAMI, Pope Francis praised the Philippines as a “great Catholic nation”. He also mentioned about governments should “face with courage this fight against the traffickers of death.”

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