A post showing a group of priests making the trademark “Duterte Kamao” has been doing the rounds online.
In a Facebook post shared recently, Manny Pinol published an article accompanied by the photos of priests posing with the signature pose of Mayor Duterte signifying their endorsement of the presidential bid of the Davao City mayor.
According to Sir Manny Pinol, two of the priests are his friends, namely: Fr. Roni Villamor and Fr. Toto Buenaflor who are now based in the US. They were based in North Cotabato before getting the US assignment.
Fr. Roni Villamor, according to Sir Manny “is from the town of Tulunan, North Cotabato where residents have witnessed violence for over 50 years now, supports presidential frontrunner Rody Duterte.”
Fr. Toto Buenaflor is a town mate of Sir Manny from M’lang the mother town of Tulunan who belongs to a family of politicians. The late uncle of Fr. Toto is Rolping Buenaflor former mayor of M’lang for so many years. A cousin of his, Luigi Buenaflor Cuerpo, was the vice mayor of Sir Manny Oinol and later became the mayor of M’lang when Sir Manny became Governor.
Both of his priest friends are now based in Louisiana.
Sir Manny Pinol said he was caught by surprised by the gesture of his priest friends considering that the Catholic church, particularly the CBCP has already made previous pronouncements as a collective body that they are not endorsing any presidential candidate.
However, Sir Manny admits he is not aware if the CBCP has issued a specific statement barring priest to announce their presidential preference in public.
Before ending his post, Sir Manny Pinol wrote that the gesture of his priest friends could only mean one thing: the priests believe that there should be “CHANGE” in the Philippines today.
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