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
Vatican voices ‘shame and sorrow’ over damning sex abuse report
Pope Francis and Vatican spokesman onboard plane | Reuters
The Vatican, in its first response to a damning report by a U.S. grand jury on sexual abuse of children by priests in Pennsylvania, on Thursday (August 16) expressed “shame and sorrow”.
The grand jury on Tuesday (August 14) released the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church, finding that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years.
In a statement, Vatican spokesman Greg Burke also said the Catholic Church “must learn hard lessons from its past”, and that the Vatican vowed to hold abusers and enablers accountable.
The statement stressed the “need to comply” with civil law, including mandatory reporting of abuse against minors and said Pope Francis understands how “these crimes can shake the faith and spirit of believers” and that he wanted to “root out this tragic horror”.
Earlier on Thursday, U.S. Roman Catholic bishops called for a Vatican-led probe backed by lay investigators into allegations of sexual abuse by former Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who resigned last month. — Reuters
Duterte asks PDP-Laban members to unite behind government
President Rodrigo Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has called for continued support from the members of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) to address issues that are facing the country.
Duterte, the chairman of the PDP-Laban, made his appeal during the party’s reunion of leaders and the celebration of the first anniversary of PDP Cares on Wednesday.
“As we [undergo] reforms in this administration, our unity is now more important than ever. I, therefore, ask the continued support of PDP-Laban and its partners in creating practical solutions to address the root cause of our nation’s problems,” Duterte said.
The Chief Executive also challenged the members of the ruling political party to remain true to its vision to promote good governance and to address issues that continue to strangle Filipinos.
“Let us remain committed to the party’s vision of liberating our people from the clutches of poverty, conflict, crime, illegal drugs and corruption through the promotion of justice, equality, and good governance,” he said.
He also called on his party-mates to promote the proposed shift to federalism which is a priority measure of his administration.
Present in the event were PDP-Laban President Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel and former House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.
The party assembly was held just a few days after President Duterte met with the two warring factions and urged them to settle their differences.
But Pimentel insists there is no faction in the PDP-Laban, saying one cannot highjack a party by holding an event and electing himself as its leader if he is a non-member.
Pimentel is referring to Rogelio Garcia, a classmate of Duterte, who claims to lead the other group.
Congressman Alvarez also agreed with Pimentel’s statement.
“Hindi. Isa lang. Isa lang talaga. Wala namang infighting. I think, mali lang iyong impression na iyan,” said Alvarez.
The members of the PDP-Laban are expected to meet again by September to iron out other issues. – Asher Cadapan Jr. | UNTV News & Rescue
Duterte likely to resign if Bongbong Marcos wins protest
President Rodrigo Duterte and Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to step down if former senator and defeated vice presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. wins his electoral protest against Vice President Leni Robredo.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Thursday (August 16) said Duterte wants a “better qualified” successor as he has been worried if someone “incompetent” would replace him.
“He had said that he thinks that Senator Bongbong Marcos is one of the better-qualified leaders to succeed him. If there’s development and he will win the protest, then he becomes vice president, yes, he will make true his words. If he (Marcos) becomes vice president, perhaps, the President will make true his word, he will step down,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during Wednesday’s press briefing (August 16).
On Tuesday, the President openly named Marcos or Senator Chiz Escudero as his preferred successors if ever he steps down as president.
“I think deep in my heart if you follow the succession and Robredo takes over, hindi niya kaya. That’s my honest opinion. Kung sino lang sana diyan, in the likes of Escudero or Bongbong Marcos,” Duterte said during his meeting with members of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas in Malacanang.
Duterte said he was tired with his seemingly “endless” fight against graft and corruption that “has contaminated almost all government departments and offices.”
Roque clarified, however, that Duterte remains the President and would not be resigning anytime soon.
In April, Marcos filed an electoral protest against Robredo claiming the vice presidential race in 2016 was manipulated causing him to lose against Robredo by around 263,000 votes.
Meanwhile, Robredo’s camp remains confident that Marcos will never become the president on this nation.
“Insofar as we are concerned, President Duterte’s resignation will never happen because Mr. Marcos will never win his electoral protest,” ended Atty. Romulo Macalintal, Robredo’s Lead Counsel. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo