Speaking on Saturday about land distribution, Duterte – a notoriously outspoken speaker – described the attack in detail after delving into the topic of religion, according to CNN member CNN Philippines.
Duterte claimed to have told a priest in a confessional that he went into the housekeeper's room and reached under her blanket, according to a transcript of remarks in a mix of Tagalog and English on the website of the Philippines Presidential Communication Office was released.
Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo, however, said to CNN Philippines in a statement that Duterte made the remarks because he had been urged by the priest to confess something.
Duterte also said that the priest touched him during the confession ̵
1; He said, "Every child goes through" – according to CNN Philippines.
Panelo said Duterte used a "ridiculous anecdote" to dramatize "the fact of sexual abuse inflicted on him and his classmates during high school."
"He deliberately added the story of vulgarity to characterize the priest's behavior, which had insisted on hearing more sins during his confession than there were none, Panelo said.
Duterte, himself a Catholic, has deeply critical of the Church, especially when it comes to sexual abuse
The Filipino leader has long been known for his unvarnished, apolitical style, but some of his more profane comments have plunged him into hot water.
Duterte Compared with Hitler, he later apologized for the comment, calling the former US President Barack Obama a "son of a bitch" and telling him to "go to hell." He joked about the rape of an Australian missionary.  But his blatant comments about the Catholic Church have gotten him into trouble with the voters, the Philippines a decidedly Catholic country, where more than 80% of the population is called Roman Catholic.
In June, Duterte promised to improve the fences with the country's Catholic community after calling God "stupid" in a speech. His former presidential spokesman, Harry Roque, wrote down the comments that Duterte was being abused by a priest in high school.