Duterte warns Catholic voters: “Don't vote for me or you will go to hell”

MANILA, Philippines- Presidential candidate and tough-talking Mayor Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte has once again made a controversial statement following the Catholic Bishop’s Conference (CBCP) disapproval of his candidacy.

Duterte warns Catholic voters: “Don't vote for me or you will go to hell”

On Tuesday, April 18, Duterte warned Catholic voters during an election forum at the University of the Philippines Iloilo City campus.

“To all Roman Catholics, listen to your bishop. Don't vote for me or you will go to hell,”Duterte told the audience.

Duterte made the remark a day after Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas posted on his Facebook account a video of the presidential aspirant making a comment about the rape of Jaqueline Hamil, a 36-year-old Australian missionary who was gang raped and killed in a bloody hostage-taking in a Davao prison in 1989.

In the caption, Villegas wrote: "Judge for yourself if this is the right choice. I will keep my personal judgment to myself. This video can help…."

Earlier, Villegas denounced the candidacy of Duterte and pointed out that the presidential aspirant’s platform to eliminate criminality by killing criminals is against the teachings of the Bible.

“Kahit ano pa ang motibo, ang pagpatay ay isang krimen at isang kasalanan, kriminal o awtoridad man, ang gumawa nito,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas warned Catholic Filipinos.

(Whatever their motive is, killing is a crime and a sin, whether a criminal or an authority commits it.)

Villegas also reminded Catholics that Duterte’s outright admission of his womanizing is a sin.

The Davao City mayor came under fire after a video of him allegedly making fun of the rape and killling of Hamil made rounds online. Despite earning criticisms for his rape remark, Duterte insisted that his statement was made in “utter anger” over the murder of Hamil and other hostages.

--Mini, The Summit Express

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