Rodrigo Duterte has been making the news recently, especially in regards to his blunt insults that have been likened to those of Donald Trump. Nevertheless, this isn’t going to be another anti-Trump article. This is going to address the problem with Duterte… a Catholic problem.
There’s nothing like a secular fascist — which I like to call him — dissing the Church the predominate majority of his people belong to. You’ll see why I call him a secular fascist.
1.) Duterte admitted to his links to the Davao Death squad. – This is a paramilitary group which killed approximately 1,020 to 1,040 people between 1998 and 2008.
2.) Connected to #1, Duterte has promised to assassinate troublemakers. – He has been nicknamed “The Punisher” for this: he has stated, “If you are doing an illegal activity in my city, if you are a criminal or part of a syndicate that preys on the innocent people of the city, for as long as I am the mayor, you are a legitimate target of assassination.” So, he’s okay with killing people (without a fair trial) for non-violent crimes.
4.) He repeatedly attacks the Catholic Church. – He has called her “the most hypocritical institution“, has called the pope a “son of a whore”, and promises he will “destroy the Catholic Church.” He further brings up that modernist, Protestant claptrap about being spiritual but not religious. He also said he doesn’t need to confess his sins to a priest because the priest is not God; this is more modernist, Protestant claptrap.
5.) He makes light of rape. – He did this regarding an Australian missionary who was raped and killed. Instead of apologizing, he justified it.
Even though he apparently agrees with the Catholic Church on abortion and gay “marriage” for example, he has a lot that makes up for that in why he is a terrible candidate for the Filipino people. Do they want a country more dictatorial than Saudi Arabia? Do they want another Third Reich? Do they want somebody who will very likely censor any public criticism of him. I oppose authoritarianism especially that which cozies with paramilitary (a.k.a. terrorist) groups.