MANILA – ‘Are you going to betray your God by your vote?”
This is what Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas has to say in his latest video.
The eight-minute video posted on Facebook was a compilation of clips of President Rodrigo Duterte lashing out against the Church and its officials.
Villegas was shown reading Bible verses in between snippets of Duterte’s tirades against the Church.
“The Lord said, are you betraying the son of man with a kiss? My dear brothers and sisters, are you going to betray God? Are you going to deny your faith by your vote?” Villegas said in the video.
‘THOU SHALL NOT JUDGE’
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo reacted to Villegas’ videos with his own set of verses from the Bible.
“Thou shall not judge so that you shall not be judged. Those without sin, cast the first stone. That’s my response to Bishop Villegas,” he said.
On Sunday, Duterte renewed his attacks against Catholic priests during a visit to the southern cities of Zamboanga and Isabela, Basilan.
At a campaign rally of administration-backed bets in Zamboanga City, Duterte alleged that priests joined a plot to oust him, some 2 months into his presidency.
He also told members of the clergy to refrain from using the pulpit to berate him.
At another campaign event in Isabela, the President dredged up his old accusation that affairs with married women led to the killing of priest Mark Anthony Ventura.
The government, he said, should not be blamed for the crime.
Duterte routinely attacks the Church and its teachings. Earlier this year, he drew flak after calling God “stupid.”
Under Duterte, several priests have been killed by unknown assailants, and critics say the alleged climate of impunity under the current administration has emboldened the killers.