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Duterte: I'm not agnostic, not atheist

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing the crowd at the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebrations south of Manila Philippines Duterte: I'm not agnostic, not atheist
Melinda Barton | 09 July, 2018, 18:28

President Rodrigo Duterte says if there's "one single witness" who can prove - perhaps with a picture or a selfie - that a human was "able to talk and to see God", he will immediately resign.

"Your God is not my God because your God is stupid".

To "those who arrogantly regard themselves as wise in their own estimation and the Christian faith as nonsense, those who blaspheme our God as stupid, Saint Paul's words are to the point: 'For the stupidity of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength, '" the bishops said, referring to one of the most important saints in the Catholic faith.

President Duterte has agreed to implement a "moratorium" on his tirades against the Catholic Church following his meeting with Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) President Romulo Valles.

"So where is the logic of God there?".

Duterte lamented in that speech that Adam and Eve's sin in Christian theology resulted in all the faithful falling from divine grace. "This [expletive] is then really stupid", he said last week. "Not the church, not you and I, but professionals that deal with this kind of illness", said Mercado.

Duterte said not in a million years would he apologize for his statement about God, invoking his freedom of religion. "That's what I can't accept, very stupid proposition".

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque has defended his remarks, saying Duterte has the right to express his opinion on religion and cited the president's previous disclosure that he was once sexually abused by a priest.

Roque also pointed out that Duterte's remarks were deeply rooted in his unpleasant experience, being allegedly molested by a priest when he was studying at the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU).

Duterte and Valles met at around 4 pm in Malacañang on Monday.

Duterte also sustained his criticisms of the Catholic doctrines, particularly the biblical stories of creation and original sin, despite an earlier promise to remain silent on his rift with the Church.