A video showing Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte cursing Pope Francis and praising the New People’s Army (NPA) went viral after television networks refused to air it.
The video, titled “Pamana ni Duterte,” viewed and shared by thousands in different social media sites, was originally made as an advertisement material but TV networks turned it down because it allegedly did not pass “ethical standards.”
One part of the video shows Duterte cursing and blaming Pope Francis for causing traffic when he visited the Philippines last year.
Another clip shows the mayor threatening workers that he will kill them if they don’t stop organizing unions.
Another clip shows Duterte announcing that it will be bloody if he becomes President.
He was also shown attending a gathering of the New People’s Army and shouting “Mabuhay ang [Long live] NPA!”
The video became controversial as it shows children imitating Duterte’s rude and dirty words.
Some people who watched the video said it should be aired so that voters can assess Duterte as a presidential candidate.