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Unapologetic Duterte defends rant vs. Catholic church, attacks anew

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 06:51 AM

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

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Duterte denies Bacolod mayor’s involvement in illegal drugs

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 22 March 2019 12:33 PM

(L-R) President Rodrigo Duterte and Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia | Photo from Mayor Leonardia’s Facebook page

President Rodrigo Duterte denies the involvement of Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia in illegal drugs.

A video was posted on the president’s Facebook page, where he reiterated his support for Leonardia and his candidacy.

He also called out former Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella to stop splicing videos just to discredit Leonardia.

“But I want to tell mga taga Bacolod, wala akong sinabi about diyan. But kung tanuning ninyo kung sino para sa akin, I do not want a guy na making a fraud sa lahat ng sinasabi ko, (I did not say anything about the matter. But if you are going to ask me, I do not want a guy making a fraud out of everything I say.)” the president said.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte signs Philippine Occupational Therapy Law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 07:51 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed Republic Act 11241 or Philippine Occupational Therapy Law which will regulate the practice of occupational therapy in the country.

Duterte signed it on March 11 and was released to the media on Tuesday.

Under the said law, there will be a Board of Occupational Therapy under the supervision of the Professional Regulation Commission (PRC).

This board will supervise and regulate the registration, license and practice of occupational therapy in the country.

“It shall develop and nurture competent, virtuous, productive and well-rounded occupational therapists whose standards of practice shall be excellent, world class and globally competitive through inviolable, honest, effective and credible licensure examinations and through regulatory measures, programs and activities that foster their continuing professional growth,” the law states.

There will also be a license examination which will be open to Filipino and foreign occupational therapists. Passers will have to meet the requirement of 75% general average with no grade lower than 60% in any subject.

Occupational therapists treat patients patients that have physical, sensory, or cognitive disability. They help develop, recover, improve, as well as maintain the skills needed for daily living and working.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte signs law abolishing Road Board

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 05:23 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte has finally signed the law abolishing the controversial Road Board.

The Republic Act 11239 was enacted on March 8, according to the document released by Malacañang on Tuesday (March 19).

The newly-signed law abolishes the Road Board which previously managed the road user’s tax or Motor Vehicle User’s Charge (MVUC) for repair and maintenance of roads.

Under the measure, the monies collected from the MVUC will now be remitted to the National Treasury Bureau under a special account in the General Fund.

The law states that the collected fund “should be earmarked solely for the construction, upgrading, repair and rehabilitation of roads, bridges, and road drainage to be included in the yearly General Appropriations Act.”

A Congressional Oversight Committee will also be established to monitor the implementation of this act and the use of special funds.

The committee shall be composed of five members each from the Lower House and Senate to be appointed by the Speaker of the House and Senate President, respectively.

The panel must have one member each from the minority groups and will be jointly chaired by a designated member of the House of Representatives and a Senator.

The law stated that the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) shall, as needed, absorb the employees of the abolished Road Board Secretariat, without diminution of their salaries and other benefits.

Employees who are separated from the service as a result of the abolition of the Road Board and its secretariat shall receive separation benefits provided that those who are qualified to retire under existing laws shall be allowed to retire and receive retirement benefits to which they may be entitled under applicable laws, rules and regulations.

The law also mandates the transfer of Road Board rights, records, assets and liabilities to the DPWH, including the unexpended appropriations or allocations.

The Secretaries of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DOTr) shall craft the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) within 30 days from the effectivity of this act.

President Rodrigo Duterte has been pushing for the abolition of the Road Board, calling the agency a “milking cow” of corrupt government officials.

In 2018, the Commission on Audit flagged Road Board’s billions of pesos worth of unobligated projects and millions of pesos of excessive costs and overpayment. – Robie de Guzman

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