The remarks came after Duterte, who is well known for his controversial relationship with the Catholic church, slammed last month Philippine bishops as “useless fools” and called on his people to “kill them”.

In his latest attack on Catholic bishops, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte did not think twice before using swear words and specifically calling the clerics homosexuals.

“Only I can say bishops are sons of b***hes, damn you. That is true. Most of them are gay. They should come out in the open, cancel celibacy and allow them to have boyfriends”, Duterte said during his speech at a groundbreaking ceremony for a school near the capital Manila on Friday.

Duterte reportedly said earlier that he was sexually abused by a priest when he was a boy.

The Friday remarks followed Duterte’s speech at the presidential palace in December, when he called for killing his country’s Catholic bishops who he said were little more than “useless fools”.

He also branded the Catholic Church as “the most hypocritical institution”, arguing that his God was different from the one Catholics believed in.

A baptised Catholic, Duterte has repeatedly used stern words against the bishops who in turn often criticised his policy of crackdown on drugs.

In November 2018, the Philippine Star reported that Duterte lashed out at Bishop Pablo Virgilio David of Caloocan, saying that “I suspect you are into illegal drugs”.

Earlier, the Philippine President referred to God as “stupid” and a “son of a b*tch”, suggesting that if there’s “one single witness” who can prove God’s existence by showing him a selfie together, he would immediately resign from office.

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