Updated Jan 3, 2019, 2:19:00 AM
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 29) — After leading the distribution of certificates of land ownership to agrarian reform beneficiaries in Kidapawan City, Cotabato, President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday attacked the Church again.
"Do not use the platform of religion to criticize me. Just say that I am wrong," he said.
In the middle of his tirade, the President narrated a dialogue during confession between a priest and an Ateneo high school student revealing a sexual experience with a sleeping household helper.
"Kaming lahat sa Ateneo di ba Friday mass 'yan tapos communion kaya magkumpisal ka, tanong ka 'What are your sins my son?' 'E first year ka.' 'Alam mo na kung anong kasalanan ng first year.' 'I-I...' 'Come on... I-I is not a sin. We do not have the whole day. Speak up!' I went to the - ' 'What?' 'I went to the room of the maid," Duterte said.
[Translation: All of us in Ateneo, it was Friday mass and there was communion so you confess. You're asked, "What are your sins my son? And you're in the first year. You know what you've done during the first year. 'I-I...' 'Come on... I-I is not a sin. We do not have the whole day. Speak up!' I went to the - 'What?' I went to the room of the maid.]
The President continued narrating in graphic detail how the student inappropriately touched a household helper.
He then told the audience, "Kayo ayaw man ninyo, hindi niyo masabi dito. Ako wala... Media? Totoo man. It's true. Lahat naman ng mga bata dumaan ng - kahaba ng…"
[Translation: You, you don't want to talk about it here. Me, I don't have…Media? It's true. Every child goes through (that).]
He added that the priest would touch the student while confessing.
This, the President said, is why he does not like the Church and its abuses.
"Pag hindi kalaban nila talaga nila ako... And I will continue to attack them," Duterte said.
[Translation: If they-- no I am their enemy...]
CNN Philippines has asked Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo for a reaction or any further clarification on Duterte's statement, but has not yet received a reply.