MANILA - The President's daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte on Wednesday asked Filipinos not to listen to her father when he talks about religious texts.
This after President Rodrigo Duterte called God "stupid," drawing criticism from religious leaders.
"Please do not listen to him interpret the Bible or Quran, he is not a priest, a pastor or an imam. He is the President, listen only when he speaks about his work," the younger Duterte said in an Instagram post.
She also urged the public to criticize her father on his work instead of his "talkkalese" - apparently referring to the President's statements outside policy- maintaining that the chief executive has freedom of speech and expression.
"Do not waste your negative energy on his interpretation of the Bible, that is his opinion. He is protected by the Constitutional right to freedom of speech and expression even if he is President," she said.
The Davao City mayor also clarified that the President is not sexist but rather has "no respect for weakness" regardless of one's gender.
President Duterte recently said he preferred men to hold cabinet posts, except for some positions suited for women.
Last month, he was criticized for saying that he preferred a “non-woman” as his next pick for a crucial government post.
He also courted controversy when he kissed a Filipino woman onstage during his meeting with the Filipino community in South Korea.
In the wake of Duterte’s comment that some pro-women’s groups found “misogynistic,” various netizens launched the social media campaign #BabaeAko.
And about this, the President's daughter, known as fierce and headstrong, had something to say.
"What he doesn’t like lies not in the gender, but in the character, he has no respect for weakness. And many women and some men are known to be damsels in distress, that #babaeako included," she said, calling the campaign "doomed."
The President has explained that he still trusts capabilities and the competence of women, but that there are certain tasks that are not suitable for them.
“[Women are] unlike men, kami suntukan, bakbakan, barilan. We grew up in a sort of mindset na sometimes prone to violence,” Duterte said in a speech during the inauguration of the Davao River Bridge at Carlos P. Garcia Highway in Davao City.
(Women are unlike men. We engage in brawls, shootings. We grew up with a mindset that is sometimes prone to violence.)