By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte is willing to step down from his office if anyone can prove the God of the Catholic Church truly exists.
The President declared that he was neither agnostic nor atheist but wanted proof of their God’s existence such as a selfie with Him in heaven.
“Magdala kayo dito ng one, only one, kailangan ko isa lang. Sabihin niya, “Mayor, utos kasi ng mga ugok diyan sa simbahan na pumunta ako ng langit kausapin ko ang Diyos. Meron talaga po. Ito may picture kami, nagdala ako ng selfie [If you bring one, only one. I need only one, and he’ll say ‘Mayor I was ordered by the fools in the Church to go to heaven and talk to God. He really exists. Here we have a picture, I brought a selfie’],” Duterte said in his speech.
“You do that today, one single witness that there is a guy, a human being who’s able to talk and to see God. Of the so many billions na dumaan dito, I just need one. And if there is one, ladies and gentlemen, I will announce my resignation immediately. Para magklaro na tayo,” he added.
The President made clear that he believes in “one Supreme God” even as he renewed his tirade against some Catholic Church doctrines such as the story of creation.
Duterte earlier claimed his god was different from the god of his critics, adding that his god was perfect while theirs was stupid.
“I never said I do not believe in God. I’m not agnostic and I’m not an atheist. I just happen to be a human being believing in that there’s a universal mind somewhere that controls the universe,” he said.
“Of course, there’s God. There are billions and millions and billions and trillions of stars. If there is nobody that has really the technology in his mind, we will be just be colliding with each other most of the time and nothing would be left for humans even to exist,” he added.
But the President questioned why God allowed Adam and Eve’s fall from grace and logic behind the concept of original sin.
“So where is the logic of God there? You create a perfect then you spoil it through the snake and an apple. And you give us the sin that we never even agreed to commit and that is the original sin,” he said.
The President also took a swipe at the priests for collecting donations from the laity while having a lavish lifestyle. He bewailed that some priests were living in palaces and enjoying “luxurious things that the rest of humanity don’t have.”
The President’s latest remarks came even as he promised to keep silent about his rift with the Catholic Church.
Duterte earlier earned the ire of some Church leaders after calling God “stupid.” He has refused to apologize for his remarks but offered to hold dialogue with religious leaders to mend ties.
Duterte is also expected to hold talks with Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles this coming Monday.