Take a selfie with God and I will resign: President Rodrigo Duterte

Clay Curtis
July 9, 2018

PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte claims to have suffered sexual abuse from a Catholic priest during his early days which led him to leave the faith and said he would resign if someone could prove the existence of God.

Duterte told the crowd that if anyone can provide him with evidence that humans were able to "talk and to see God" that he would step down from the presidency immediately, according to a report by The Associated Press.

President Rodrigo Duterte, amid tensions between the church and state, continued to challenge Christians about their God. But they added that God's "peace is never the peace of compromise or capitulation to evil".

"So I do not believe in God? I just happen to be a human being believing in that there's a universal mind somewhere which controls the universe", he said at the event in Davao City.

"Most recently, he was under fire for calling God "stupid".

"Yes of course, there's God", he said.

Duterte said not in a million years would he apologize for his statement about God, invoking his freedom of religion.

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This prompted him to create his own concept of a supreme being, who stood for his values of fairness and justice, Mr. Duterte related on Saturday night.

"Where is the logic of God there?" he posed.

"You weren't born yet, but now you have original sin".

Duterte on Friday recalled that experience, when he said he and other students were fondled by a foreign Jesuit priest, who has since died.

Duterte is set to hold dialogue with the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines on July 9, in hopes of addressing the tensions between his administration and other religious groups.

The Palace official said one archbishop raised the rift between Duterte and the Church, "but there was no substantial discussion on it because everyone's awaiting the meeting between Archbishop Valles and the President".

(File) Devotees attend mass inside a Catholic church in Quezon City, metro Manila, Philippines September 22, 2017.

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