In yet another headline-hogging moment, Davao City mayor and presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte has revealed the name of the Jesuit priest who allegedly abused him and several other high school boys at the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU).
Digong named the late Fr. Paul Falvey, S.J. as the one supposedly responsible for the sexual assault that happened during his first year in high school (around the late 1950s).
"It happened during our generation, two years ahead of us and two years following us,” Duterte recently told reporters. “It cost him [Fr. Falvey] some P25 million because other victims filed a case; it was a case of fondling—you know what—he did it during confession, that’s how we lost our innocence early."
Being young at that time (he was either 14 or 15), Duterte said he was afraid to tell on Fr. Falvey. "It was a sort of sexual awakening for each of us. We realized quite early that ganun talaga ang buhay. Paano magreklamo?"
The tough-as-nails public servant initially made the claim after the Catholic Bishops of the Philippines (CBCP) urged him to withdraw his bid for the presidency. The CBCP reacted to Duterte's "cursing" of Pope Francis, which drew the mayor considerable flak, not only from the religious community, but also various sectors.
As Duterte gets more airtime, and as we get nearer to Judgment Voting Day, expect the mayor to showcase more of his free-wheeling ways. As much as he promises to censor himself, we don't expect him to cease throwing expletives and no-holds-barred antics anytime soon. He's pulled of (and frankly, benefitted from) similar "stunts" like these before, and look where he is now—on top of this latest election survey.
Remember that time...
...he showcased his "hokage" moves?
...he admitted to being a womanizer?
...he flipped the bird?
...he threatened Davidson Bangayan if ever the latter plans to smuggle rice in Davao?
...he called for the head of the leader of a car theft group victimizing his constituents?
...he made a foreigner chew on a cigarette butt after the latter caused a commotion at a restaurant in Davao?
...he did the same thing to another smart-ass, but with paper?
...he admitted the existence of the DDS?
...he exchanged nasty words with former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima?
...he guested on Gandang Gabi Vice?
The bad-ass mayor isn't the type who'll change his ways to be accepted. Love him or hate, he'll be himself—alleged Jesuit pedophiles be damned!