Cebu priest Msgr. Achilles Dakay says 'surgery sc@ndal' man should also be blamed

MANILA, Philippines - A Catholic priest on Wednesday said that the 39-year old man who underwent rectal surgery in Cebu should also accept part of the blame.

According to the priest who is based in Cebu, the patient's trouble started when he contacted an alleged call boy who then stuck a body spray canister up the man's rectum at the height of their sexual act.

“They seem to forget the whole thing. They are blaming the doctors for what they (did) but I think they should blame the guy for what they did," Monsignor Achilles Dakay, spokesman for Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal, said.

Dakay's comment was aired over church-run Radio Veritas.

The patient had admitted in previous media interviews that he picked up a male prostitute. He said he was drunk when the incident happened in January.

He had an operation at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) to have the canister removed. However, doctors recorded the surgery and had fun doing it.

The video has been posted on YouTube.

Dakay said that while the church is not condemning homosexuals, it will not tolerate homosexual acts.

“They are made that way but if they did what is prohibited, that’s another thing," he added.

In the same interview, Dakay said that homosexuality is “prevalent" in Cebu, the province where the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan erected the country’s first Cross.

“We should be ashamed. It’s not just scandalous, (it’s) very shameful," he said, referring to the spread of the surgery video on the Internet.

Danton Remoto, co-founder of the gay group Ang Ladlad, earlier commented that the patient was victimized twice: first when the male prostitute inserted the canister inside his rectum, and second, when the video of the operation spread via YouTube.

Ang Ladlad, composed of gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender, sent a psychologist to Cebu to counsel the patient who is filing charges against the hospital’s medical team and were seen misbehaving during the procedure.

Remoto said Dakay comment towards the incident is "expected" because this is the Catholic Church's stand towards homosexuality.

"Msgr. Achilles was just reiterating the church's stand," he said.

Remoto reiterated his call to gay individuals to "be careful" when engaging in solicited sex.

"In the end, we are one with the Catholic Church," he said. - GMANews.TV

The issue here is not Danilo's act of having sexual intercourse with the callboy, the issue is the medical malpractice that the Hospital doctors and nurses did during operation. In the US, medical malpractice is a serious issue and I don't think because we are in the Philippines, we shouldn't take it a seriously, because health matters to us all and in the medical operation the life of the patient is at stake and it is not a laughing matters.

I wonder if the doctors and nurses on the video are coming from "some med schools in the Philippines."

I also want to say this, what if Msgr. Dakay, fell down the stairs because he was so careless and broke his arm, should we blame him for what happened? Just like Danilo's careless act of having sex with some callboy. Anyway, I don't want to call this an issue but Dakay's point of blaming the victim is pointless for me because it is out of the real issue and it's the Medical Malpractice.
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Friday, April 25, 2008 11:04:00 AM ×

msgr. dakay's comment on blaming the victim for the actions of the doctors and staff of the vsmmc hospital was totally unfounded and such a disappointment. yes, what the victim did was morally wrong but that doesn't mean that it was a sufficient reason for him to be made fun of and mocked by this so called educated doctors and nurses. in the first place these doctors and nurses have their code of ethics of patient/doctor confidentiality and that they must always uphold human dignity. what they did was a clear violation of those mentioned above and that they must answer for these malpractice. the video showed that while the patient was unconscious they were laughing and taking videos of him,its ironic to think that these are the doctors and nurses that we trust to help us in our health problems and they are the ones that cannot be trusted.

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