THE spokesperson of presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte clarified Thursday that the Davao City mayor is not against the Catholic Church, despite denouncing the religious institution for its alleged hypocrisy.
"He raised issues on certain and particular members (only) of the church (but) he’s not against the (Catholic) Church (in general)," said incoming presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo.
Last Sunday, Duterte called the Roman Catholic Church "the most hypocritical institution," for asking favors from the government during the previous Arroyo administration, which he called a form of corruption.
Duterte also blasted the influential Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for meddling in government affairs and accused several church officials particularly its president, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villages and his predecessor, Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz, of campaigning against him during the height of the election season.
But Panelo said that Duterte was just misquoted by members of the press.
"Nagiging slanting lang ang reporting (ng media), siguro iba lang ang intindi kay Mayor (Duterte) sa ganito… ay hindi pala," said Panelo.
Meanwhile, incoming Davao del Norte Representative Pantaleon Alvarez, Duterte's bet for House Speaker, said the Davao City mayor was just stating facts when he made his comment against members of the church.