Bautista's comments were made in the wake of the revelation that a bishop had sexually harassed his secretary - just six months after another bishop was revealed to have fathered a daughter. Vartland quotes Bautista as saying that he is not opposed to celibacy, just mandator celibacy:
"It's [celibacy] not a walk in the park, but I thank God for sustaining me. May I reiterate, I have upheld the Church's teachings, I believe in celibacy, I live it, and I'm ready to die for it."
Naturally, other Catholic leaders in the Philippines are not pleased - Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin has told him to "desist from making public pronouncements against church universal order and discipline." As long as people keep talking about the possibility, however, reform will remain possible.