LEGAZPI CITY: The entry of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the 2016 Presidential race calls for thorough reflection and total discernment for voters in the country as who to vote in the coming election, Fr. Rex Arjona, Social Action director of the Diocese of Legazpi told The Manila Times.
Fr. Arjona strongly supported the statement of CBCP President Archbishop Socrates Villegas against the pronouncement of Duterte against Pope Francis’ visit in Philippines that also caused traffic in Metro Manila.
“I agree with Archbishop Socrates Villegas’ statement on the issue,” he said, adding that Duterte’s statement speaks more about him than the subject of his remarks.
The clergy also said that those who emulate Duterte’s way of leadership also speak of the same values. “It also speaks about the values of those who applaud him,” he said.
“If leadership by example is the measure, it seems like a good number of our people have already considered extrajudicial killing, adultery and vulgarity as acceptable and normal in our society” Arjona said.
Duterte, he added, showed off his true color and disrespect against the Catholic Church for attacking the pontiff—Pope Francis —the highest leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Arjona joined all other Catholic priests in the country who issued strong reactions against the Davao mayor’s apparent show of disrespect to the highest pontiff through his speech peppered with expletives.
Sister Jonie Bernal of the Dominican Daughters Immaculate Mothers based in Guinobatan town in Albay also expressed disgust over Duterte’s unbecoming statement against the Pope and for bragging of having two wives and two girlfriends at the same time.