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 on warrant of arrest against Reds: ‘No need’
FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO
DAVAO CITY, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte said there is no need to issue a warrant of arrest for the capture of the communist rebels who do “continuous crime of rebellion 24 hours a day.”
“Why do I need to have a warrant? By the fact that you are a rebel, you are a 24-hour violator of the Revised Penal Code of rebellion. Kay ang ‘pag ang rebellion — ang krimen dili mawala na kung matulog ka (With rebellion, your crimes do not stop even when you’re asleep), the President said during his speech at an event in Davao City, Tuesday evening (December 18).
The President added that he will wipe out the communist rebels along with the drug menace in the country before his term ends.
“I’ll just finish you. Why? If I don’t do it, you go again around the community asking for money and killing them if they don’t give…Iyong komunista gusto kong tapusin pati iyang droga. I want it done during my term,” he added.
Peace negotiations between the Duterte government and the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) had been postponed several times until President Duterte terminated the talks in November 2017 due to the rebels’ continuous attacks against government troops.
The Duterte administration later on pushed for localized peace talks, but again, to no avail.
This led to the President’s order of creating of a national task force to work on ending the decade-long armed conflicts with the communist rebels.
Malacañang maintained that President Duterte is not declaring a holiday truce with the rebels even after the communist group declared a unilateral ceasefire expected to begin on December 24, 2018. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Marisol Montaño.)
Palace says Duterte to sign Road Board abolition as Senate, House clash
FILE PHOTO: Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a press briefing on Tuesday (December 18) said President Rodrigo Duterte is likely to sign the bill abolishing the Road Board “as soon as it is given to him.”
Panelo said he believes the President would do so since he, the President, is against the release of the P45 billion pesos road users’ tax due to issues of corruption.
“Yes, that’s what is needed. We want that the fund be returned to the treasury and then let the Congress appropriate again for specific purpose,” Panelo said in a palace briefing.
Senate President Vicente Sotto III said the Senate’s position on the bill remains as the senators strongly believe that the road user’s tax has become a huge source of corruption among lawmakers.
“It’s good as abolished dahil hindi na iri-release ng executive department ang funding noon. Ngayon kung ipipilit pa rin nila, perhaps somebody should bring it to the proper venue, kung courts ang kailangan dito para ma-resolve iyan,” Sotto explained.
The Senate passed and adopted in September the House version of a bill abolishing the Road Board filed by former Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez due to anomalies over the use of motor vehicle user’s charge (MVUC).
But the Lower House through House Majority Leader Rolando Andaya Jr. later on filed a motion to rescind the approval of the said bill leaving it hanging in a balance.
House Minority Leader Danilo Suarez, meanwhile, argued that abolishing the Road Board would affect the funding of several government services.
“Kapag tinanggal ang Road Boardm mawawala ang dedicated fund to address pollution at safety,” Suarez concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Bernard Dadis)
Duterte thanks US for return of Balangiga bells
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte kisses one of the Balangiga Bells after witnessing the official handover of its Transfer Certificate at the Balangiga Auditorium in Eastern Samar on December 15, 2018. | PCOO\Simeon Celi
SAMAR, Philippines – The historic Balangiga bells are finally home in Balangiga town, Eastern Samar after 117 years of stay in the United States.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday (December 15) personally led the handover ceremony of the century-old war artifacts to the people of Balangiga.
The President handed the certificate of transfer to Balangiga Mayor Randy Graza who turned it over to the parish priest of San Lorenzo de Martyr Church where the bells originally belonged.
President Duterte thanked the US government for the return of the bells.
He added that the homecoming of the artifacts was “truly a milestone and part of a meaningful history of the United States and the Philippines,” a vibrant chapter in the Philippine-US bilateral relations.
“Daghang salamat. Daghang salamat sa America. Daghang salamat kaninyong tanan. Daghang salamat sa Filipino. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas!” the President said.
President Duterte reiterated during his speech that no one should take credit for the return of the bells, not even him, because it was the voice of the Filipino people especially the people of Balangiga, that convinced the U.S. to return them.
“Nobody can claim a singular credit for the generous act of the Americans. The bells are returned. The credit goes to the American people and to the Filipino people. Period,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Jennelyn Gaquit)