Kinontribute sa yellow-yellow! Duterte claims Tagle angered Pope Francis for meddling in politics

President Rodrigo Duterte and former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle / photo from Manila Bulletin

President Rodrigo Duterte claimed on Tuesday that former Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle was removed from his position by Pope Francis for allegedly meddling in politics.

In a speech before the local government officials in Pasay City, the President said the Vatican investigated Tagle, who was transferred to the Vatican City to serve as the prefect of the Congregation for the  Evangelization of Peoples in February.

“Tingnan mo, gamit nila ang pera, kinontribute nila doon sa yellow-yellow, tingnan mo ang nangyari, wala tayong bishop ngayon,” Duterte said

“‘Di mo ba alam, tinanggal. Binigyan lang tayo ng caretaker na pari, walang bishop ang Manila. Nagalit si Pope kasi nakialam sa politika. Yan ang totoo dyan.

“Kaya ang binigay sa atin officer-in-charge na lang. Wala tayong bishop. Tagle was out. He was investigated. Yan ang open secret diyan. Eh ako presidente, siyempre malaman ko kasi nakikinig ako sa lahat,” the President added

Tagle was the Archbishop of Manila since 2011 until he was transferred to Rome this year. Thus, the seat for Manila archdiocese is now vacant or “sede vacante”.

It is known that Catholic Church has been criticizing the government for its alleged EJK and human rights violations.

Meanwhile, Duterte has also repeatedly lambasted the clergymen and bishops for meddling in government issues.

The President also said that priests should not use the pulpit to attack him and his policies, particularly the war on drugs.

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