Vice Ganda, left, and Duterte
Vice Ganda, left, and Duterte

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles® )  – Many Filipinos want him to run for president, but he continues to assert that he is not interested.  He is Rodrigo Duterte, mayor of Davao, a major city in the Philippines’ island of Mindanao.

He is oftentimes called “The Punisher,” noted for tolerating extrajudicial killings of alleged criminals. He always talks tough and does not hold back on his public comments, even if they seem to be inappropriate coming from an elected official.

Well, today, in a television interview by openly-gay host Vice Ganda, Duterte admitted he used to be gay, but that he is “now reformed.” Duterte was a guest on Vice Ganda’s talk show, “Gandang Gabi.”

His admission shocked even his closest supporters who always looked up to him as a role model for Filipino macho men.

But his comments were welcomed by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) which took Duterte’s statement as an opportunity during Sunday masses all over the country to  remind the faithful that  homosexuality is a choice, and that gay men and women can be reformed, just like Duterte.



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