Bishop rejects Duterte’s accusation that he’s a drug addict, says he prefers fruit shakes

Photo: Mark Demayo/ABS-CBN News
Photo: Mark Demayo/ABS-CBN News

A Catholic bishop last night rejected President Rodrigo Duterte’s claim that he’s using illegal drugs. However, the bishop is into something that probably should be illegal –fruit shakes blended with moringa (malunggay), a horseradish-like plant.

In a post that appeared on his Facebook account, Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Caloocan denied Duterte’s unsubstantiated accusation by writing: “No sir, I’m not into drugs of any sort, whether legal or illegal.”

David, who works to help rehabilitate drug addicts, added: “I only take vitamins with fruit shake blended with moringa in the morning.”

Somewhat sarcastically, he ended his post by writing: “You might want to try it, Sir. It will do you a lot of good. God bless you.

In his post, David attached a Philippine Star article that quoted Duterte accusing him of using illegal drugs.

The bishop is known for criticizing the Philippine National Police (PNP) for their inability to stop vigilante groups from killing residents of Caloocan, reported Rappler.  It was also in his city where members of the PNP allegedly framed and killed teenagers Kian Loyd delos Santos and Carl Angelo Arnaiz.

Duterte has been hounding David for the past few days. Yesterday, during a speech at a project launch in Davao City, he said: “I’m telling you, David. I’m wondering why you keep going out at night. I’m thinking that you f*cker are probably into [illegal] drugs.”

Last week, Duterte also shared that a certain “Bishop David” was stealing the money donated to his church.

ABS-CBN quoted him saying in Filipino and English: “You, David, shut up. You keep asking for contributions from [the parishioners]. Where is their money? This a**hole just keeps asking, sometimes [at mass] he also asks for a second collection [of donations].”

And the president didn’t stop there — he then accused “Bishop David” of stealing the fruit donated during mass. Seriously.

“I’m telling you, those offerings, those pineapples, avocados, bananas, where do they go? Do you want to know? Do you want a video? I will show it to you. It goes to his family,” Duterte said.

Maybe the fruits are being made into fruit shakes?

Needless to say, the president hasn’t produced a video proving any donations — fruit included — have been stolen.

The president has recently been ranting about members of the Catholic Church, many of whom are openly opposed to his policies. Recently, he accused priests of having wives and children.

He also said that Filipinos should just build their own chapels at home — as if everyone could afford to do so — and skip going to church and “pay for idiots (priests).”

Earlier this year, he caused a ruckus when he called God “stupid.”

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