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

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

"Bring me one person, just one, who would say, "Mayor, those silly guys from the Church told me to go to heaven and talk to God".

The latest outburst shows Duterte, aged 73, increasingly at odds with the Church in which he was raised and to which most Filipinos belong.

The call to prayer comes after Duterte publicly called the God of the Bible "stupid" for allowing Adam and Eve to sin, sparking backlash from politicians and faith leaders.

The President made the remarks during the inauguration of Malayan Colleges Mindanao in Davao City.

"This will be helpful in ridding ourselves of the social ills that have shackled our growth and hindered our country from achieving its full potential".

"It is the height of arrogance of power not only to disrespect and spit on an individual's faith but also to act as though he is a God", Trillanes said in a statement. Otherwise there would be no widespread injustice: "hunger, killings, and all", he said.

"I never said I do not believe in God. No question", he said.




President Rodrigo Duterte and Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines president Archbishop Romulo Valles hold a meeting on July 9, 2018.

Two priests have themselves been shot this year, one only last month.

Admitting that science was not one of his strongest points, Duterte said he chose to touch on the issue of God's existence at the event, questioning the logic of why agony, pain and injustice was rampant in the world. But, I said, let me see. "A general, a school dean, the academe, the students".

The sufferings of the Church leaders, however, pale in comparison with the sufferings of the poor, specifically slum dwellers being rounded up for loitering outside their homes, drug addicts labeled as "nonhumans", drug suspects killed in cold blood, indigenous peoples forced to leave their homes to avoid being caught in crossfire, Valles said. "Not the church, not you and I, but professionals that deal with this kind of illness", said Mercado. "I was not even in politics then". However, the separation of Church and state is a principle of the republican system of government.

"Tell me, if it is a ideal God". Do not do it. It's fundamental. It's nearly basic. "You can not use God to criticise me". He believes in God.

"Something awful happened when we were young".

So when he graduated, he decided he no longer believed in the Catholic God and created his own God instead - a God of justice and fairness.


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