ILOILO CITY: Monsignor Meliton Oso, a staunch leader of Jaro Archdiocese and head of the Jaro Social Action Center based in this city, cautioned Filipinos, especially Ilonggos to be more discerning on electing the next president of the country.
Reacting to the reported speech of Davao Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, during his proclamation as Presidential aspirant where the mayor was heard speaking bad words at the Pope, the Catholic priest said he only read about it the next day.
Duterte reportedly blamed Pope Francis over the horrendous traffic jam during the Papal visit in Manila in January this year.
The Monsignor said the Pope’s pastoral visit in the Philippines is to lift the Filipino spirit, particularly the Yolanda victims. The traffic jam was only temporary and Filipinos welcomed the Pope warmly.
The peace and order situation in Davao City where the good mayor rules is not to be compared to other cities, especially Iloilo where peace and love of fellowmen reign, the Jaro priest added.
On the other hand, Lucy Francisco of Gabriela Panay stressed that the Davao City mayor should not say those bad and offending words against the Pope since he is a person whom people look up with respect and integrity.
“Duterte must watch his words and speaking those words to a Pope is condemnable. It shows no respect to a Pope well loved by the world”, Francisco said.