FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte remains unapologetic despite calls for him to “repent” for attacking the Catholic church.
During the oath-taking of barangay officials in Cagayan de Oro on Monday (June 25), Duterte maintained that he has the freedom to choose his own belief just like anyone else, adding that his God is different from that of his critics.
“Wala akong sinabi na torpe ang Ginoo ko. Sabi ko, ‘Your god, is not my god because your god is stupid’…Mine has a lot of common sense.’ Tapos ngayon, why do you have to talk about religion?” he added.
(I never said that my God is a wimp. What I said was, “Your god, is not my god because your god is stupid’…Mine has a lot of common sense.” And now, why do you have to talk about religion?)
Duterte explained that his previous rant stemmed from his outrage over Australian Missionary Patricia Fox for criticizing his administration.
He drew the ire of critics by hitting the Catholic church’s doctrine on original sin and calling the Catholic god “stupid,”
“Ikaw maniwala ka noong sinasabi ng Katoliko? Who is this stupid god?…You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work? So tayo ngayon, all of us are born with an original sin? Ang original sin, ano man yan? Was it first kiss? O, what was the sin? Bakit original? Nasa womb ka pa, may kasalanan ka na?” Duterte said in a speech on June 22 in Davao City.
(Do you believe what the Catholics are saying? Who is this stupid god?…You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work? So now, all of us are born with an original sin? What is the original sin? Was it first kiss? What was the sin? Why is it original? Have you already committed sin while in the womb?)
As expected, critics vented out their disgust against Duterte on social media.
Senator Antonio Trillanes IV in a post on Twitter called Duterte’s remarks as “disrespect and spit on an individual’s faith” and told Duterte to “prepare for the wrath.”
Lawyer Mel Sta. Maria ride into the word war saying “If I am stupid for my belief, then I am proud to be stupid,” in response to Duterte’s stupidity attack.
One netizen addressed Duterte as “a living embodiment of atheist.”
Tele-evangelist Brother Eli Soriano meanwhile, explained the Bible’s account on the story of Adam and Eve from which, Brother Eli said, the Catholic invented the concept of original sin.
“Ang kauna-unahang kasalanang ginawa ng tao, iyong kaniyang pakinig inalis niya sa Dios, nakinig siya sa iba. Genesis 3:17- Sapagkat iyong dininig ang tinig ng iyong asawa…Bakit isinumpa ang lupa dahil kay Adan? Dahil ang kaniyang ginawang original na kasalanan, dati siyang nakinig sa Dios dumating ang panahon ang pinakinggan niya na iyong asawa na niya…nakikinig si Adan, pero nana mag-asawa na siya, nagbigay ng bungang ipinagbabawal ng Dios, kumain siya, Dati nakikinig siya sa Dios, kaya ang original sin na ginawa ng tao, eying alisin ang pakinig sa Dios, tumanggap siya ng instruction sa iba, Dati sa Dios lang siya tumatanggap. Dapat kasi sa Dios tayo makinig, di kahit kanino, Kahit sa asawa mo kapag mali, wag makikinig, So ang original sin, iyong makikinig ka hindi na sa Dios, tanong ko, ikaw bago panganak, may original sin ka na? Unang-unang pagkapanganak, walang asawa, paanong makapakinig walang asawa. Original sin, imbento ‘yan,” Soriano said in one of his Bible expositions.
During Monday’s speaking engagement, Duterte hit the Catholic church anew, this time, shattering the group’s concept of The Lord’s Supper.” – Marje Pelayo
Duterte says camp visits, whitening cream caused skin discoloration
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte graces the 3rd Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Forum of the Asia Pacific Association of Gastroenterology (APAGE) held at Shangri-La’s Mactan Resort and Spa in Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu on September 21, 2018. | PCOO
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte explained the reason behind the skin discoloration on his face which critics like communist leader Joma Sison has been linking to a serious medical condition.
The President noted that the darkening of his skin was a result of sunburn from prolonged exposure to the heat of the sun during a visit in Jordan and from a series of visits to military camps across the country.
“Pumunta ako ng Jordan, sunog na ito. Pumunta ako ng kampo every week, pumunta ka ng kampo sa bukid, pinakamalayong kampo lumilipad ako dun,” he said during a speech at the 44th Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Manila on Thursday (October 18).
(When I went to Jordan my skin was already burnt. I go to military camps every week. I go to the farthest camps in the fields.)
The condition of his skin worsened, according to the President, when he tried the whitening cream used by his long-time partner, Honeylet Avanceña.
“Kasi ang ginamit ko kasi, sa asawa ko. Sabi niya, cream lang yan, may 1, 2, 3, 4… ngayon lang ako nakakita ng medisina na parang rocket, parang booster…Iyong sa asawa ko, okay na. Pag tingin ko, bakit nangitim ako lalo?” the President recalled when he noticed the changing in his skin color.
(I use the cream my wife uses. She said there are 1,2,3,4 steps…it’s my first time to see a medicine that’s like a rocket; it has a booster. It worked well on my wife, but when I tried it, my skin got darker.)
The President admitted consulting a dermatologist about his skin condition who advised him to use only specific skin care products.
“Sabi niya: ‘Ito lang ang gamitin mo. Pati ito lang. Iyan lang. Iyong iba huwag mo nang gamitin (dahil) mas lalo kang iitim’,” he said referring to an advice from his dermatologists.
The President aimed at critics who are questioning his health condition due to his skin discoloration.
“Third stage cancer of the brain? So what else? I have kidney problem, part of it is already gone. And my heart beats 120 miles per hour. Who won’t I die? Just wait,” he said.
“Para sa akin ang lalaki (For me, the true measure of a man) is not really the color of the face but it’s the character,” the President concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
Locsin, Bautista take oath as new Cabinet members
Newly-appointed Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. and newly-appointed Social Welfare and Development Secretary Rolando Bautista. SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte presided over the oath taking of two new members of his Cabinet at Malacañan Palace on Wednesday (October 17).
Philippine Ambassador to the U.N. Teddy Boy Locsin will now lead the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) while Retired Army Chief General Rolando Bautista will now head the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
Locsin replaced Alan Peter Cayetano who is now running for congressman of Taguig City.
Bautista, meanwhile, took over the position previously held by DSWD Acting Secretary Virginia Orogo. – UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte signs admin’s first oil exploration service contract with Israeli firm
President Duterte signs the Petroleum Service Contract for East Palawan Area during a ceremony held at the Malacañan Palace on October 17, 2018. | PCOO/Rolando Mailo
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Wednesday (October 17) an oil and petroleum exploration deal with an Israel firm in line with the government’s “effort to attain energy security and sustainability at the soonest time possible.”
The Department of Energy (DOE) initiated the ceremonial signing of the Petroleum Service Contract (PSC) covering Area 4 or the East Palawan Basin under the Fifth Philippine Energy Contracting Round (PECR) of the DOE.
“The PECR was established as a transparent and competitive system of awarding service or operating contracts for prospective petroleum or coal areas within the country,” the DOE explained on its website.
President Duterte and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi signed the PSC on behalf of the Philippine government while Mr. Itay Rapahel Tabibzada, president and CEO, signed for the Israeli firm Ratio Petroleum Ltd.
The PSC is the first petroleum service contract signed under the Duterte administration.
“The President has been very clear – our country needs to attain energy security and sustainability at the soonest possible time. We are currently experiencing how our dependence on importation has left us at the mercy of price movements in the global oil markets. We need to boost the exploration and development of our own energy resources and the awarding of the petroleum service contract to Ratio Petroleum is a step in the right direction,” Secretary Cusi was quoted as saying.
Under the contract, Ratio Petroleum Ltd would be able to conduct exploration activities in about 416,000 hectares of the East Palawan Basin for potential energy resources for a period of seven years. – Marje Pelayo