- Presumptive president Rodrigo Duterte expressed his interest in adopting a three-child policy
- Duterte said he is set to defy the Roman Catholic Church by implementing another controversial policy
- The tough-talking former Davao City Mayor earlier called the Church as the “most hypocritical institution”
MANILA, Philippines – Incoming president Rodrigo Duterte is keen on defying the Roman Catholic Church once again by mulling on implementing the three-child policy as part of his administration’s family planning program.
Duterte raised the possibility of adopting what could be another controversial policy in the wake of his announcement about the possible revival of death penalty and imposition of curfew among minors, policies that drew strong criticisms especially among the clergy.
“I only want three children for every family,” Duterte told GMA News in an interview. “I’m a Christian, but I’m a realist so we have to do something with our overpopulation.”
“I will defy the opinion or the belief of the Church,” the presumptive president added.
While Duterte’s controversial pronouncements on his stand on death penalty to combat crime and illegal drugs continue to earn support from the public, he became the subject of tirades from the Catholic Church.
Earlier, Duterte renewed his verbal skirmishes with the Church, calling the latter as the “most hypocritical institution” by trying to meddle with the affairs of the state, and accusing some bishops of enriching themselves.
“You sons of whores, aren’t you ashamed? You ask so many favors, even from me,” GMA News quoted Duterte as saying.
In another interview with ABS-CBN News, Duterte clarified he cannot actually force the Filipino families to limit their children to a certain number.
“I am suggesting that you are in good hands if you limit the number of your children,” he pointed out.
The tough-talking former Davao City Mayor also urged the Catholics to stop listening to their priests if they think they are not getting any help – such as honorarium – from the church, in the first place.