Philippine President Duterte Breaks Moratorium On Church
ICC Note: Just a day after he agrees to halt his tirades against Church, Philippine President Duterte threatens to ‘kill’ those who use God to criticize him and calls God ‘stupid’ again over his view on hell. He claims that his God is not the one believed by his critics but the Filipinos who voted for him in 2016 election.
07/11/2018 Philippines (PhilStar) – A day after agreeing to a moratorium on anti-Church statements, President Duterte warned religious leaders against using the pulpit to criticize him as he claimed that his God is not the one worshiped by his critics but the Filipinos who voted for him.
Duterte threatened to “kill” those who use God to hit him and stressed that nobody could impose their views about the Almighty on him.
“There is a separation of power between any church and state. Huwag mong isali ang Diyos mo doon sa (do not include your God in) platform of your criticism or your attack because when I answer, kapag sinali mo sa issue, sinali mo ang Diyos, p***** i** patayin kita (if you include it in the issue, if you include God, son of a b****, I will kill you),” the President said during a business summit yesterday in Pampanga.
“I have tried to answer. There is a separation of powers. Why are you f*****g the name of the Lord against me? So if I answer, since your forefront is God, why are you hurt? Because I am now forced to recreate a design of my God who does not do those things,” he added.
Duterte caught the ire of some religious leaders after calling God “stupid” for letting temptation tarnish his work.
The President claimed that his controversial statement was directed at Australian nun Patricia Fox, who is facing possible deportation for supposedly joining partisan activities.
Duterte has been at odds with the Catholic Church, the religious group of more than 80 percent of Filipinos, over his brutal war on illegal drugs, which has left about 4,000 people dead.
Catholic clergymen have been critical of the killings tied to the crackdown and have asked the government to respect the dignity of life.
Duterte, however, insisted the Church has no moral ascendancy to talk about the issue because of its supposed failure to resolve the sexual abuses involving priests.
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