Robredo to Duterte: Respect Church, critics

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte should respect critics of his anti-drug war, including Catholic clergy, Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo said over the weekend.

Robredo was reacting to the President’s remarks last week that Catholic priests did not have moral ascendancy over him given their own scandals.

“We are in extraordinary times and it doesn’t help if we fight each other. Yes, we have varying opinions, but in the scheme of things, we should look for issues where we can work together,” Robredo said in Filipino during a chance interview with reporters during her visit to Calabanga, Camarines Sur to check on a sea wall project.

Over 6,000 people have been killed in connection with the government’s anti-drug war in just six months—a statistic that drew sharp criticism from Catholic bishops during the recent World Apostolic Congress on Mercy held in Manila.


“Going at it with priests doesn’t help because it creates animosity between the government and the Catholic Church. We should respect each other’s beliefs and get all hands on deck, call on all people to help either from the public or private sector, regardless of affiliation,” Robredo said.

Church open to dialogue

Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa said last week the Catholic Church, despite its imperfections, would continue to speak its mind.

“Churchmen are not perfect. Nevertheless, they are supposed to proclaim what is right and proper even if they themselves fall short of what they teach. The fault of some should not be blamed on all,” Arguelles was quoted by the Catholic Bishops’ of the Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news service as saying on Friday.

Arguelles however said the Church was “determined to police its ranks and will continue to express indignation and sanction erring priests.”

“Bishops and priests, who hide serious misdeeds, are harming the Church by their infidelities. If anyone has concrete evidence of misdeed, the authorities better know it and clean the ranks,” Arguelles said.
The Palace last week called for a dialogue with bishops.

At the close of the world congress, Bataan Bishop Ruperto Santos said the Church was open to a dialogue but it would remain uncompromising in its “pro-life” stance.

“That is always the better solution to anything…we have to sit and talk,” Santos said in a news conference in Bagac, Bataan on Friday, as reported by CBCP News.

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  1. Ms VP, don’t you get it? the more you talk the more and more people gets pissed on your trapo style leadership. Those generic, kind words and motherhood statements proved to fail our country. In case you succeed in getting the presidency for some reason, you will definitely fail because government crooks and criminals will prosper because you are the perfect type of president for them.

  2. Duterte deserved all the right to defend himself.. We as citizen of the Philippine is 100% behind the President.. We admired him for his sincerity and guts…

  3. “Churchmen are not perfect. Nevertheless, they are supposed to proclaim what is right and proper even if they themselves fall short of what they teach. The fault of some should not be blamed on all,” Arguelles was quoted by the Catholic Bishops’ of the Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news service as saying on Friday.

    Arguelles however said the Church was “determined to police its ranks and will continue to express indignation and sanction erring priests.”

    “Bishops and priests, who hide serious misdeeds, are harming the Church by their infidelities. If anyone has concrete evidence of misdeed, the authorities better know it and clean the ranks,” Arguelles said.
    The Palace last week called for a dialogue with bishops.***

    So you testify about your own priests wrongdoing!
    You are testifying about the church having priests ‘scalawags’.
    It is analogous to a gallon of supposedly clean water having a few dead flies in it. The few dead flies make the whole container of clean water unclean. We have this biblical precepts to confirmed this :

    Ecclesiastes 10:1-2 (ESV)
    ​1 Dead flies make the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench;
    so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
    2 A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right,
    but a fool’s heart to the left.

    How can you restore the already stinking perfume?
    Removing the dead flies is an exercise in futility as it does not remove the foul odor from it.
    You have wise men there , and you also have foolish men there. So you are like a house divided against itself.
    Biblically speaking , a house divided against itself cannot stand , its destruction and fall is imminent.
    Refresh your mind also that this problem inside your church has been happening since time immemorial.

    To further compound your woes , hear the words of cursing of Christ—YOU BROOD OF VIPERS ! HOW CAN YOU SPEAK GOOD WHEN YOU ARE EVIL?…

    Therefore how can you proclaim what is right and proper when you are admitting that they fall short of what they preach? You are like a stinking perfume!
    Then that cussing of Christ is for you to swallow!

  4. Ma’am Leni , this is for your ramification: Christ is not returning as a man of peace , so do not vie for peace as if you were an angel of peace.
    In truth Christ returns as a man of war , he will cast fire and create division in the midst of men , to separate those who love good from those who love evil.
    Why ? Because we are approaching the end of time where good must prevail over the evil.
    The good one , the Christ , is coming as an evil terminator to destroy all evil protectors.

    Study his own prophetic words , Luke 12:49-51 (ESV)
    Not Peace, but Division
    49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled!
    50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!
    51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division.

    Clearly the Christ is coming in our own time not as an angel of peace but as an emissary of fire which is hatred , and a sower of division not unification as you absent-mindedly proposed.
    With this information , you can clearly see now that you are an enemy of Christ because of your going against his undertaking.

    Undoubtedly , now is the time of its fulfilment , Lord come fully , show them what you are accomplishing . Bring that fire to the lofty sky , and bring that division to widen the gap between the good and the evil!
    Come , Lord Christ , come fully!

  5. “Going at it with priests doesn’t help because it creates animosity between the government and the Catholic Church. We should respect each other’s beliefs and get all hands on deck, call on all people to help either from the public or private sector, regardless of affiliation,” Robredo said.

    Duh! So why do Bishops (and Leni) just keep on barking like Chihuahuas instead of helping the war on drugs campaign by sharing the donations of churchgoers by building rehabilitation centers and educating its parishioners on the perils of shabu. Du30’s critics make it sound like every drug related death is extra judicial killing to discredit him. Technically the fact is there is no ejk in the Philippines whatsoever, because the country doesn’t have a death penalty.

  6. Leni R, you are out of line. Why not just say respect the Philippine Constitution not the Church. In the worldly sense, the president is not obliged to be loyal to the Church but only to the Filipino people. Does the separation of the State and Religion ring a bell? Spiritually, ask the president to respect the Church privately if you want to save his soul.

    I’m now beginning to think that you have dark intentions and want the limelight.

    No wonder, you are a two timer in passing the bar examination.

  7. Vice President Leni Robredo has made a very valid and reasonable statement that President Duterte should respect critics, including Catholic clergy, of his anti drug war. Certainly many people do not want to see people being killed on mere suspicion that they are drug pushers. Yet some of Leni’s critics have chosen to use their usual insults and innuendos to accuse her, instead of using well reasoned arguments to show why they think she is wrong. These critics/haters should look at themselves in the mirror before they choose to use insults and innuendos against those they hate. Also if they are so supportive of the drugs war that has killed so many people, they should pray and hope that they themselves or their family members do not fall victim.

  8. Let us all be on the board of Du30’s personal stand on the moral ascendancy over his program to eradicate suspected drug addicts and drug peddlers. Du30 states that Bishop and priests have no moral ascendancy to make the statement against DU30’s Extra Judicial Killing program, for they are like him. To speak against Extra Judicial Killing does not require us to procure moral ascendancy for Extra Judicial Killing to be known as the evilest of all evils. Everyone can speak over the Extra Judicial Killing as wronged and it should not be allowed, otherwise, we are allowing Extra Judicial Killing as the good moral option. We are going nowhere by trying to solve a crime, offense, and evil by another crime, another offense, and another evil.

  9. There is nothing wrong if the Palace is calling dialogue with the Bishops even the church maintains its pro-life stance. However, it is very wrong when low life people drag Leni Robredo’s love life or her sex life into the scene and connect or compare to something else, just to embarrass her. The Church and the Palace can still sit down and agree to disagree on some of the issues such as EJK and Pro-life. That is the civilized way to do business in a democratic society and I would like to think that we, Filipinos, are fairly reasonable and intelligent people by staying with the issues or what are being discussed.

  10. Fake vice president please stop talking rubbish, dont use church to get the people believe on you.
    From cardinal Sin, ( SINners) church intervene in the government and make the country worsen.

    Dont forget during the time of JESUS in this world there were killings also, even corrupt government on that time believe the majority to crucify JESUS into death. And now you want to gather people into majority against our new Pres.DU30? Please dont be crazy…you are identical with Judas who are being bribed.. isn’t it you are also playing the same role.

  11. Robredo should work for respect for her. She is a publicity hound. When it comes down to helping and working for the victims that suffered in her own province, where was she? In New York, with her billionaire friend, Loida Nicolasa Lewis, shopping, drinking, and plotting how to make our lives miserable so that the President would be blamed. She is the quintessential catholic.

  12. Leodegardo M. Pruna on

    Leni should stop barking on the wrong tree instead she should focus her attention while in office in ferreting out the truth about her husband’s death which up to now remains a mystery. God bless the Philippines.

  13. Can Leni respect Bolet Banal’s family too? Especially his kids? DISCRETION. Don’t wear hearts in their sleeves. I understand human frailties….but if people in extra-marital relationships can’t separate from each other and (one or both) has to stay in current marriage, be very, very discrete because not only the lovers are both hurting (but also their respective families.