SINABI ng Palasyo na may basehan ang pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte na 90 porsiyento ng mga pari ay mga bading.
Sa isang briefing, idinagdag ni Presidential Spokesperson at Chief Presidential Legal Counsel Salvador Panelo na nakaranas mismo si Duterte ng sexual harassment mula sa isang alagad ng Simbahan.
“Well, if he tells us that there have been complaints against priests who are gays. In fact, he points to a certain internet information that we can look it up who this priests who have been charged with molestations,” sabi ni Panelo.
“What does it mean, it means that there are members of the church, who are doing the opposite things of what they preach to us. That is why the President has basis. He has been a victim of harassment, sexual harassment, when he was a young boy, remember. He keeps on telling us that. And again, that is a basis, when priest gives us the teachings of God and yet to the opposite, so that make him hypocritical. But of course, he refers to certain members of the church,” ayon pa kay Panelo.
Kasabay nito, inamin ni Panelo na walang nangyari sa naunang inihayag ng Palasyo na magsasagawa ng dayalogo sa mga miyembro ng Simbahan.
“I’ve not heard of what happened to that also. I heard about it, but it appears after the announcement, there was no moving on, unless that there was a move on the church side. But I didn’t hear about it,” ayon pa kay Panelo.
Pinawi rin ni Panelo ang pangamba na mas maraming pari ang magiging biktima ng mga pagpatay matapos ang pahayag ni Duterte.
” I think that’s only a hyperbole on the part of the President. We should be getting used to this President. He makes certain statements for dramatic effect. But he actually means stop criticizing and do some good for this country, help us,” giit ni Panelo.