President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday said that he might ask the Congress to pass a bill requiring all religious group to pay taxes if they won’t stop meddling on government affairs.
During a press briefing in Malacañang, Duterte said he almost have enough with the Church leaders, especially the Catholic Bishop Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), for criticizing his war on drugs despite not helping the drug victims.
“Walang magawa sa buhay akala mo kung sinong magagaling wala namang alam maliban sa tumanggap ng abuloy. E bakit hindi nila ampunin lahat ng adik jan kung gusto nila?” Duterte said referring to the Catholic priests.
The President also hit the Church over its comment on the 15 NPA rebels killed in Batangas during a military operation last week.
Kung gusto nila e di sumama sila sa operation. Yan, sila ng CHR, magsama sama sila para pag tinamaan sila ng bala ng mga NPA e di sorry”, Duterte mocking both the CHR and CBCP
ito kasing mga paring ito, walang ibang alam kungdi ang maki-alam. E kung magbayad kaya sila ng tax sigurado pakikinggan ko pa sila;. Payag ba kayo singilin natin ng tax ang mga pari?” Duterte asked his audience who responded with big round of applause.
“Pag hindi sila tumigil sa pakikialam talagang sisingilan ko ng tax ang mga abuloy nila”, he added.
The CBCP is one of the staunchest critics of the President’s war on drugs that resulted to thousands of casualties since it was implemented right after he won as president last year.
Since the anti-drug operation has been returned to the PNP, anti-Duterte groups are again saying that casualties will multiply any time soon. /Joy Valle/