President Rodrigo Duterte has designated Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, EDSA People Power Commission member Boy Saycon, and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Strategic Communications and Research Ernesto C. Abella to form a committee which will hold dialogue with the Roman Catholic Church and other religious groups who want to have dialogue with government.
This is after President Rodrigo Duterte made a statement about his belief on God.
“Your God is not my God because your God is stupid,” Duterte said during the oath-taking ceremony of newly elected barangay chairpersons in Northern Mindanao at the Atrium Convention Center in Cagayan de Oro City on June 25.
“Mine has a lot of common sense,” the President added. The President also criticized the Roman Catholic Church’s system of naming saints.
Prior to this, President Duterte hit the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching on original sin.
“What was the sin? Bakit original? Nasa womb ka pa, may kasalanan ka na. C****-c**** man lang ‘yun ng nanay pati tatay mo. Wala ka mang kasali. Tapos ngayon may original sin ka. T**** i**** klase. Anong klaseng relihiyon ‘yan,” President Duterte said at the opening of 2018 National ICT Summit at SMX Convention Center in Davao City on June 22.
“Eh ‘yan ang hindi ko matanggap. Very stupid proposition. Anong kasalanan? Original sin, tapos i-baptize ka. Basain pa ‘yang ulo mo ng tubig. Maniwala ka niyang pari na ‘yan,” he said.
“Who is this stupid God? Estupido talaga itong p***** i** kung ganun. You created some – something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work,” he said. “How can you rationalize a God? Maniwala ka? Kaya nga sabi ko diyan ‘wag ka maniwala niyang… So tayo ngayon, all of us are born with an original sin.”
Sources: https://www.facebook.com/pcoogov/videos/476894699436676/; https://youtu.be/EvjFqwOWRM0?t=16m50s; https://pcoo.gov.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/20180622-Speech-of-President-Rodrigo-Roa-Duterte-during-the-Opening-of-the-2018-National-ICT-Summit.pdf