Not meant to offend Catholics
President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s remarks questioning the Catholics’ commemoration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day were said in jest and not meant to offend religion, Malacañang said Saturday.
“The President’s remarks, as described by news articles, were said in jest,” Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo said in a press statement.
After last Thursday’s situation briefing on Typhoon Rosita in Isabela province, Duterte greeted the crowd “Happy All Saints’ Day” but jokingly questioned the observance of the Catholic tradition.
“So happy All Saints’…Bakit naman… 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 (These f****** Catholics, why do they observe All Souls’ Day then there is also All Saints’ Day? We don’t even know who those saints are. Who are those stupid? drunkards?),” Duterte said.