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Bishops prod Duterte to name and go after 'priest who abused him'.

Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was yesterday urged by Catholic prelates to speak up and reveal if indeed he was allegedly sexually abused by a priest when he was young.

In an interview, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said Duterte should tell his story as this is also what the Pontiff has been asking alleged victims of priests to do for it to be properly investigated.

"If a sin has been committed against him he should speak out," he said in an interview.

"I pity him if he has long been carrying this with him," added Pabillo.

The prelate said Duterte will actually do them a favor by speaking out.

"It will help clean our ranks," Pabillo said.

For his part, retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz did not only urge Duterte to speak out but he even asked the latter to file a case against the priest who allegedly abused him.

"I'm begging the good mayor on bended knees to please go to the civil court and there file a case against these priests together with his companions whom he claimed were all abused," he said.

"There say who, how, when and where. The Church also does not condone these actions if done. Instead of talking and talking, file a case and let's see what is it all about. Otherwise, if you cannot prove that, you should have kept your mouth shut," added Cruz.

On Tuesday, the Davao Mayor hinted that he was abused when he was young by a priest when he was studying at Ateneo.

Duterte said this on the same day that Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines president Lingayen Dagupan Socrates Villegas slammed the former for cursing Pope Francis.

PALACE WELCOMES APOLOGY

Meanwhile, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda welcomed the gesture of Duterte, who apologized for his expletive words uttered to Pope Francis.

Duterte issued an apology after drawing flak from Filipino Catholics after he uttered expletives for the heavy traffic brought by the Pope's visit to the country in January during his acceptance speech as PDP-Laban's presidential bet last Monday.

Lacierda said Duterte's apology is a good gesture.

"Bilang isang Katoliko, syempre maganda na humingi siya ng paumanhin (Of course as a Catholic, it is a good thing that he asked for an apology)," Lacierda said.

Earlier, the mayor's controversial remarks drew flak from netizens, including Antipolo Coadjutor Bishop Francisco Mendoza De Leon.

In the article written by Tom Valientes which appeared in the website of the Antipolo Diocese and reposted in the Facebook account of the Antipolo Diocese, the news item quoted the Bishop as saying that Duterte is not a good example for the youth because of his remarks. (With reports from Madel R. Sabater-Namit and Nel B. Andrade)

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