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
Roque: Teachers’ pay hike possible after TRAIN 2
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque | PCOO
QUEZON PROVINCE, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Wednesday, August 15, announced before more than 8,000 educators, the plan of President Rodrigo Duterte to increase the monthly salary of teachers.
“Well ang sabi ng Presidente, matapos ang TRAIN 2 doon niya talagang hahanapan ng pondo para maitaas muli ang sahod ng mga teachers,” Roque said during the annual teachers convention held in Quezon Province.
He added that the Congress is now working on the draft of the second tax reform package of the Duterte administration after which, they lawmakers may then proceed with the measure for teachers’ pay hike.
Meanwhile, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence Go, for his part, is also closely coordinating with the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) regarding the proposal.
“Sa kasalukuyan meron na po silang salary standardization that ends on 2019. Pagkatapos po nito ay ako mismo magpafollow up sa ating Pangulo o sa ating kalihim ng Budget and Management para po isunod kaagad ang kanilang unti unting salary increase,” he said. – Japhet Cablaida / Marje Pelayo
Duterte fires PMA comptroller over malversation case
President Rodrigo Duterte | SIMEON CELI JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO
President Rodrigo Duterte fired Philippine Military Academy(PMA) comptroller, Hector Maraña on Tuesday over alleged malversation of P15-M worth of cadets’ allowances.
“I approved his dismissal and he was the comptroller of PMA…He is recommended to be imprisoned 6-12 years,” Duterte said.
The dismissal follows the recent firing of AFP Medical Center officials due to alleged ghost deliveries of medical equipment and questionable procurement of medical equipment and supplies.
The President revealed that the series of corruption allegations involving government officials has compelled him to mull over the idea of stepping down.
“Ang sinabi ko sa mga sundalo at pulis (I said to soldiers and policemen), ‘Guys, I want you to know that I am thinking of stepping down because I’m tired. While I am not against or angry against anybody, my chase against graft and corruption seems to be endless and it has contaminated almost all government departments and offices,” he said.
The President added that corruption in the country is so deep-seated and extensive that it has become intrinsic in transactions with any government agency. — Rosalie Coz
Duterte slated to visit Israel on September 2
President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO
MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is leaving for a historic visit to Israel in September.
The official visit will be the first by a Philippine president since diplomatic ties were established 61 years ago in 1957, according to Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in an announcement on Tuesday (August 14).
Roque said President Duterte and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are expected to hold discussions in the areas of labor, tourism, trade, agriculture, security, law enforcement and counterterrorism as well as other ways to enhance cooperation.
The Chief Executive is also expected to meet Israel President Reuven Rivlin to discuss close historical and people-to-people ties between the two countries.
Several agreements are also expected to be signed during the four-day visit.
Joining the President in the visit is a business delegation representing different sectors of the Philippine economy. They are expected to participate in a business forum with President Duterte as the keynote speaker.
Meanwhile, Malacañang seems unfazed by reports about human rights activists in Israel brewing a protest against President Duterte’s visit.
“If they can persuade the prime minister to call of the visit, of course, we will call it off,” Roque said.
Roque noted that the “historic event will highlight the enduring friendships between Filipinos and Israelis,” which began when President Manuel L. Quezon provided a sanctuary to an estimated 1,300 Jewish refugees who were fleeing the Holocaust when he opened the doors of the Philippines during the Nazi regime.
As expected, the President will meet members of the Filipino community in Israel.
After Israel, the President’s delegation will be heading to visit Jordan next. – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo