Duterte: 'My God is not stupid'

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Posted at Jul 10 2018 06:37 PM | Updated as of Jul 10 2018 09:47 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte applauds as he attends the 31st founding anniversary of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) at the Biodiversity Management Bureau (BMB) Amphitheater, Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife Center, Quezon City on July 4, 2018. Toto Lozano, ABS-CBN News

MANILA (UPDATE) - President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday issued a statement anew about religion, a day after his one-on-one meeting with the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

In a speech in Pampanga, Duterte once again made reference to his God in the wake of Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque's assurance that the outspoken President would no longer make public statements about the Church. 

The dialogue had followed exchanges between Duterte and Catholic leaders over his controversial remarks calling God "stupid" and mocking the story of creation. 

In his latest speech, Duterte said his God is "forgiving, not rude, and does not curse."

"Ang Diyos ko forgiving, ang Diyos ko hindi bastos, ang Diyos ko hindi nagmumura. As a matter of fact, ang Diyos ko walang sinasabi except the 10 commandments," he said.

(My God is forgiving, my God is not rude, my God does not curse. As a matter of fact, my God does not say anything except for the 10 commandments.)

"...[A]nd then when you use God to tell that I'll go to hell. You know, my God never created hell because if he created hell he must be stupid God. My God is not stupid to create man just to burn him in hell."

Duterte went on to say that he does not believe in Heaven.

"I do not believe in Heaven because if I do, only a fraction of you in this crowd will ever enter Heaven. All of us, makita ko lalo na 'yung mga 2 asawa dito mga playboy, lahat man tayo sa impyerno magkita (especially those who have 2 wives, who are playboys, we will see each other in Hell). That is fiction," he said.

"Sabi ko nga, give me a religious guy na nakapunta (As I said, give me a religious) anywhere, you take a picture of Mother Earth from above... saan 'yang Diyos na yan (where is that God)?"

The President again warned his critics not to use God in their statements against him.

"Do not ever include God in your platform to attack me. There is a way of difference when it comes to governance. There is a separation of power between any church and State," he said.

"I have the right to answer. There is a separation of powers. Why are you putting the name of the Lord against me. So pagsagot since ang forefront mo Diyos, bat ka maghinakit pag sinabi ko p***-*** (So in answering, since God is your forefront, why would you feel bad if I say s** of a b****)."

The President had said Saturday he would quit his post if it could be proven that God is real through a "selfie."

In an ambush interview, Duterte said his agreement with the CBCP for a moratorium on his tirades against the Church does not prevent him from publicly discussing his beliefs on God. 

“We were discussing some modality of behavior, but definitely that would not prevent me from just saying my truth,” Duterte told reporters in an ambush interview.

“I’m not attacking the Church. What I said was if you use religion as a format, I was not referring to any religion, kasi marami naman dyan Christian Evangelists meron gusto akong kausapin. Dahil dyan I cannot mention their name."

The President, meanwhile, reiterated that he will not apologize for his earlier statements, which has caused much uproar in the Christian community.

"But if it’s me asking forgiveness, forget it. As a matter of principle, I will not. I can burn in hell if it’s true. I would rather lose the presidency, the honor or lose my life. That could not be more clear," he said. --With a report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News