Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte came under fire for cursing Pope Francis after he allegedly caught in a traffic jam during the papal visit in the country last January.
On Monday, during his speech at the Century Park hotel where he was formally declared PDP-Laban standard-bearer, Duterte revealed he was angered over the bad traffic situation in Metro Manila when he cursed at the Pope.
“From the hotel to the airport, alam mo bang inabot kami ng limang oras. Sabi ko bakit? Sabi pinasarado daw,” he said. “Gusto kong tawagan, ‘Pope put****** ka umuwi ka na. ‘Wag ka nang bumisita dito,‘” Duterte added.
The audience especially his supporters laughed but this was not received well by other people. Some netizens took to Twitter to express their anger.
Mayor Duterte, you can say all you want about politicians but you don't curse my Pope Francis! #defendthepope
— Edwin Lacierda (@dawende) November 30, 2015
I got pissed when Duterte foulmouthed the Pope. That's so disrespectful. Also, I hated how he carelessly delivered foul words on tv.
— Aldrin Huy (@Aldrin_Huy) November 30, 2015
Too arrogant, Duterte. That kind of self-entitlement is dangerous.
— ambo (@AmazingAmbo) November 30, 2015
Pati si Pope Fancis, minura ni Duterte. Ganyan bang klase ng presidente ang gusto niyo? Ano? Makikigaya na lang kasi dami supporters? Ganun?
— Chino Dimaano (@chinodimaano) November 30, 2015
Minura ni Duterte si Pope? What the? ?? Oh God. Watch your words. Show some respect. ?
— Mikaela Chan (@chanmikaela08) November 30, 2015
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