Duterte plans to visit Pope, apologize for “whore” comment

Duterte plans to visit Pope, apologize for “whore” comment

Presumptive president-elect Rodrigo Duterte is eyeing a visit to the Vatican to personally apologize to Pope Francis for cursing him and calling him “son of a whore.”

Duterte’s spokesman Peter Lavina told reporters that “The mayor repeatedly said he wants to visit the Vatican, win or lose, not only to pay homage to the Pope but he really needs to explain to the Pope and ask for forgiveness.”

Duterte cursed Pope Francis while he was delivering a speech for his presidential bid last November 2015.

Duterte plans to visit Pope, apologize for “whore” comment

Presumptive president-elect Rody Duterte promises to keep his mouth in check when he assumes the presidency. (Photo from official Facebook page of Rody Duterte)

In that speech, he said it took him five hours to travel from his hotel to a mall in Manila and he blamed the Papal visit for the traffic jams.

“Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope putang ina ka, umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang magbisita dito. (Pope, you son of a whore, go home. Don’t visit here anymore.)” Duterte said in a joking manner.

Catholic leaders condemned Duterte’s gutter language but it had little effect on his popularity during the campaign.

Duterte said that his comments against Pope Francis were a result of his frustration with the current administration.

READ ALSO: The Pope responds to Duterte's apology

He has sent Pope Francis a written apology and the Vatican replied with a letter signed by Angelo Becciu.

The letter read, “His Holiness Pope Francis has received your letter of 21 January 2016, and he has asked me to respond on his behalf. He appreciates the sentiments which you expressed."

"The Holy Father offers the assurance of his prayers for you, as he invokes upon you the divine blessings of wisdom and peace," it added.

Lavina said there is no final schedule for the Vatican visit yet, but it will remain a top priority.

Duterte drew flak last April for making a rape comment about a deceased Australian missionary.

He has also told the US and Australian ambassadors to “shut their mouths” when they denounced his statement.

Lavina clarified that Duterte’s crude language and insults were just part of a campaign performance to attract voters’ attention.

He added that Duterte will maintain a composed and presidential tone when he assumes office.

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