Evangelicals offer to wash Duterte's feet, Roque confirms

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Posted at Jul 03 2018 10:44 AM

MANILA - A council of evangelical churches has offered to wash the feet of President Rodrigo Duterte "as an act of humility," the chief executive's spokesperson confirmed on Tuesday.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches (PCEC) wants to help in the healing process of Duterte who claimed to be a victim of molestation by a Jesuit priest when he was young.

"They felt that if they do that, which is an act of humility, the President will understand that even if they are not the church that did him harm, they are the church that would want to acknowledge that the harm was done... and perhaps that will help in the healing process," he said in an interview with CNN Philippines.

Roque said Duterte has already approved the appointment with PCEC in MalacaƱang but does not know yet about the council's offer to wash his feet.

"I'm sure he (Duterte) will appreciate it," he added.

Established in 1965, the PCEC said they are composed of more than 30,000 congregations nationwide.

The PCEC earlier said it was "immensely offended" when Duterte called God stupid. Catholic bishops and other religious leaders also the President for his remark.

Duterte has already formed a committee to hold a dialogue with the church as the chief executive sought to mend ties with Catholic church and other Christian groups.

This committee is composed of Roque political strategist and self-proclaimed civic leader Pastor “Boy” Saycon, and Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Ernesto Abella.