Panelo responds to Villegas: ‘Those without sin, cast the first stone’

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas /compiled photo from Philstar and ABS CBN

Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo on Tuesday strikes back at Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas for posting a  video where he criticized President Rodrigo Duterte while urging the faithful not to "betray God" with their vote.

“Thou shall not judge so that you shall not be judged. Those without sin, cast the first stone. That’s my response to Bishop Villegas," Panelo said in a text message as reported by GMA News.

The former president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) posted an eight-minute video on his Facebook page with the caption: "Are you going to betray God again?”

The video was a compilation of clips of President Rodrigo Duterte lashing out against the Church and its officials.

Villegas quoted several bible verses in between controversial public statements made by President Duterte during his speeches, including his statement calling God “stupid” and mocking the death of Jesus.

At one point, Villegas quoted Luke 22:48, asking if viewers will betray God with their vote.

"The Lord said, are you betraying the son of man with a kiss? My dear brothers and sisters, are you going to betray God? Are you going to deny your faith by your vote?" Villegas said in the video

Source: GMA News

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