I will destroy the Church and the present status of so many priests and what they are doing. You priests, bishops, you condemn me and suggest I withdraw, but then I will start to open my mouth. There are so many secrets that we kept as children. Do not force (me to speak) because this religion is not so sacred. Duterte
Duterte a no-show at Papal Nuncio's Pope's Day event
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte could not make time for the Pope's Day event hosted by the Papal Nuncio to the Philippines on Friday, June 29.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the President did not attend the event, a commemoration of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. Duterte was formally invited to the gathering by Papal Nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, Pope Francis' envoy to the Philippines.
Instead of attending Pope's Day, Duterte gave a speech in Tacloban City during the Sangyaw Festival of Lights. In attendance were Senator Cynthia Villar, Ilocos Norte Governor Imee Marcos, former senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr, and Tacloban officials.
The President will be represented at the Pope's Day event by members of his committee to dialogue with religious groups.
Roque said he himself would be there but would be arriving late as was he coming from another appointment in Cebu. Cabinet Secretary Leoncio Evasco Jr, meanwhile, was not feeling well.
"Evasco is sick and I will be late," said the spokesman in Filipino. Source
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