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Useless, critical Catholic bishops should be killed: Duterte

IANS  |  Manila 

has launched yet another verbal attack against Catholic bishops, calling them useless and saying they should be killed, according to the transcription of one of his speeches released by the presidential office on Thursday.

More than 85 per cent of the country's population is Catholic.

"These bishops of yours, kill them. These b*****ds are useless. All they do is criticize," said in a part tagalog, part English speech in on Wednesday night.

At a later event, he called the "the most hypocritical institution in the entire Philippines" and claimed that "90 per cent" of priests were gay, news reported.

The Catholic Bishops' Conference of the (CBCP) refused to comment.

later defended Duterte's remarks, saying they should not be taken literally as they had only been used for dramatic effect.

Two weeks ago, the insulted Catholic bishops and priests, saying Filipinos should not go to church to pay for "idiots".

Days earlier, accused Caloocan -- one of his most vocal critics -- of stealing church donations. The responded by calling the leader a "very sick man".

The conflict between Duterte and the goes back to February 2017, when the CBCP criticized the President's violent anti-drugs campaign, calling it a "reign of terror".

Duterte retaliated by calling them "s**s of b*****s".



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 14:44 IST