Put 'Santo Rodrigo' on the altar: Duterte mocks Catholics' All Saints' Day

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President Rodrigo Duterte. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 2) — In what seems to be another attack against the Catholic faith, President Rodrigo Duterte mocked the Church's observance of All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.

"Sabagay itong t****** talaga itong mga Katolikong p***. Bakit naman may All Souls' Day tapos may All Saints' Day? Hindi nga natin alam kung sino 'yang mga santo na 'yon. Sino 'yung mga g*** na 'yon? Mga lasenggo," Duterte said during the situation briefing in Isabela province Thursday in the aftermath of Typhoon Rosita.

[Translation: Well, these Catholics. Why do they have All Souls' Day and All Saints' Day? We don't even know who those saints are. Who are those? Just drunkards.]

He then said he would give the public one patron saint to recognize.

"Get hold of a picture of mine. 'Yan ang ilagay niyo sa altar [That's what you put on the altar]- Santo Rodrigo," the President said.

This is not the first time Duterte made controversial remarks against the Catholic church. On June 23, he called God "stupid," which prompted the Church to issue a strong statement against challenges to the faith.

READ: Duterte not apologizing for speaking against God, Church

Malacañang had also claimed the Church has links with the Communist Party of the Philippines.

READ: Bishop to Palace: Name church members with communist links

He even went so far as lambasting the clergy, saying that they should die of venereal disease.

The President, however, previously said he refuses to apologize for his comments against God and the Church, although he had asked God for forgiveness.

READ: Duterte: I told God I'm sorry

Malacañang earlier issued a statement from the President for the observance of the holidays. In that message, Duterte called on Filipinos to honor those who have passed away and "gain from their virtuous example."

READ: Duterte's message for #Undas2018

"We all have our obligations to the dead. It's a --- it's practically part of the culture but more than that it's something that is very important for us to commune with our ancestors," Duterte said in the briefing.