Philippine president renews attack on Catholic church

Source: Reuters

(This Jan. 10 story corrects the priest’s comments and removes the words “played down”)

President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival in Davao

FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte speaks after his arrival, from a visit in Israel and Jordan at Davao International airport in Davao City in southern Philippines, September 8, 2018. REUTERS/Lean Daval Jr.

MANILA (Reuters) – President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday denounced bishops in the Catholic-majority country as “sons of bitches”, renewing his attacks on the church that has criticized him over his bloody war on drugs.

Duterte, who launched his campaign against drugs when he took office in mid-2016, remains hugely popular but doubts about the campaign, in which thousands of people have been killed, have been growing.

“Only I can say bishops are sons of bitches, damn you. That is true,” Duterte said in a speech during a groundbreaking ceremony for a school north of the capital, Manila.

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