Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo on Thursday smirked at President Rodrigo Duterte's call to the public to "kill" Abu Sayyaf bandits in exchange for a bounty and immunity from any criminal liability.
Pabillo said the Filipino people should not take the President's word seriously after Duterte promised a monetary reward to those who will kill the extremist group.
"Ewan ko na lang kung ibibigay din nya yan... Let's not take seriously what the President is saying... kung susunod sila (public) eh kawawa sila," Pabillo said.
"Don't listen to what he says. Look at what he is doing," he added.
Duterte on Wednesday said civilians in Bohol can take up arms against Abu Sayyaf militants who recently clashed with state forces on the island.
The President also offered a P1-million bounty for each of the bandits who are still on the loose.
“My order is: to the police and the lahat, and even civilians interested to fight and kill, ang order ko is dead or alive,” Duterte told reporters in Bohol.
The President said he is willing to “pardon” any civilian who will kill the bandits.
“I intend to also arm the civilians and I will include the civilians, pag nakapatay ka na, you don’t have to worry. Just go to the police and make a report and state your truth,” he said.
“Wala kang problema, I’ll take care of you. I’ll pardon you. Whatever.”
Pabillo said the people should not listen to Duterte since he is known for retracting statements that he issues. "This just shows how shallow he is because he does not know what he is talking about," he said