Saturday, 15 December, 2018

Take a selfie with God and I will resign: President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte vows to resign if anybody can prove God exists Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at the Malacanang Palace in Manila Philippines
Deanna Wagner | 09 July, 2018, 09:16

In Friday's speech he took issue with the concept of original sin, which he said taints even babies and can only be removed through a paid-for church baptism.

President Duterte has said that critics are welcome to criticise him - unless they are foreigners, and in particular religious ones.

He asked: "Where is the logic of God there?"

One single witness that there is a guy, a human being, who's able to talk to and see God.

Duterte, however, suggested that there must be a God or a supreme being that prevents billions of stars and celestial bodies from colliding in a frequency that could have long threatened the human race.

Duterte lamented in that speech that Adam and Eve's sin in Christian theology resulted in all the faithful falling from divine grace.

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But he also said: "If there is anyone of you there, the noisy ones, who would say that you have been to heaven, talked to God, saw him personally, and that He exists, the God that is yours, if that is true I will step down the presidency tonight". "This [expletive] is then really stupid", he said last week.

"You weren't born yet, but now you have original sin". What kind of a religion is that? I can't accept it.

Duterte's spokesperson defended the president's comments by stating that they are only his personal views and explaining that Duterte may feel this way because of the abuse he endured at the hands of a priest when he was a boy, the BBC reported.

Roque also pointed out that Duterte's remarks were deeply rooted in his unpleasant experience, being allegedly molested by a priest when he was studying at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU).

Over 90 percent of the Southeast Asian country's 103 million population are adherents of Catholicism, but Duterte continues to enjoy widespread popularity despite his repeated pronouncements against the religion.

Duterte is set to meet with Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Romulo Valles on Monday (July 9) at Malacañang Palace. He once called Pope Francis a [expletive] for sparking a monstrous traffic during a 2015 visit in Manila that trapped Duterte for hours.