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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 09:53 PM

Philippines' Duterte: 'Kill those useless bishops'

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said his country's Catholic bishops are "useless fools" and should be "killed", the latest attack by the controversial leader on the church, which has opposed his deadly war on drugs. Human rights advocates and an opposition senator allege the death toll in Duterte's war on drugs has surpassed 20,000 since he assumed office in 2016.

In a speech at the presidential palace on Wednesday, Duterte was quoted in local news reports as saying in a mix of Filipino and English: "These bishops that you guys have, kill them. They are useless fools. All they do is criticise."

Richard Javad Heydarian, an academic and political commentator based in the capital, Manila, said there is an "element of state crackdown" aimed at members of the clergy who are aligned with progressive groups critical of the Duterte administration.

Carlos Conde, spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, said "In the context of the death and violence we've seen in the Philippines since Duterte became president, many of them directed at members of the clergy, this is frightening and should be a cause for concern."

Recently, Duterte threatened to have a bishop's head cut off.

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left-of-center2012 Dec 5 OP
Ilsa Dec 5 #1
peggysue2 Dec 5 #2
superpatriotman Dec 5 #3
brooklynite Dec 5 #4
Initech Dec 5 #5
dalton99a Dec 5 #6
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 09:55 PM

1. How long before Dodgey Donald goes after clergy? nt

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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:05 PM

2. And the Philippine president is another leader who . . .

the Trumpster admires and likes. Quite a line-up of thugs and criminals, all the world's so-called strong men, guilty of a variety of crimes. But violence appears to unite them. That and thin skin to any and all criticism.

Recently, Duterte threatened to have a bishop's head cut off.

Easy-peasy. He can borrow the Saudi's infamous bonesaw. Sure they wouldn't mind and it's been thoroughly tested as reliable. Practically brand new.

Ugh!!

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:40 PM

3. Highly troubling

86% Roman Catholic population

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Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:41 PM

4. Cardinal Sin played a big role in bringing down Marcos...Duterte knows his risks

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:47 PM

5. Duterte is the one who's useless.

Fuck dictators.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 10:56 PM

6. Another vile and bloodthirsty piece of shit that Trump admires so much

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:22 PM

7. He seems like a nice man. n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Dec 5, 2018, 11:25 PM

8. WTF?

I'm horrified.

If we had a President we could fight back the rise of fascism in the world.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Dec 6, 2018, 08:33 AM

9. Another gibbering freak, installed by our far right old hands in the far east section of the Agency.

He really hated Prez O, too. But lurves orange shitler.

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