MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte could be the first beneficiary of his newly signed Mental Health Law, an opposition lawmaker said following the chief executive's remark against God.
ACT Teachers Rep. France Castro said opposition lawmakers now doubt the mental stability of Duterte after he questioned the creation story in the Bible.
"Ako tingin ko din siguro si President Duterte magiging unang pasyente magiging benepisyaryo nito kapapasa na at pinirmahan niyang Mental Health Law," he said.
In the June 22 speech in Davao City, Duterte called God stupid for allowing Adam and Eve to ruin his "perfect" creation by letting them eat the forbidden fruit.
Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus said she wonders why the President even had to bring his issues against God unexpectedly during his speech.
"Who in his right mind would challenge that, at nasa leadership, kumbaga unexpectedly sasabihin mong stupido, parang nasa rurok na ng pagkuwestiyon na ng kanyang katinuan," she said.
Duterte has long criticized the Roman Catholic Church leadership in the Philippines over alleged hypocrisy. He cited allegations some bishops were on the take from politicians.
"Who is this stupid God? Estupido talaga itong p***** i** kung ganun. You created some -- something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work," he said in the controversial speech.
Akbayan Rep. Tom Villarin believes Duterte's remarks, which he said reflects the President's state of mind, may alienate him from Christian majority in the country.
"God sometimes [has] uncanny ways to bring people to their senses that they alone are masters of their fate. President Duterte has no one to blame, not even God, for what is happening to our country under his watch. In the end he is accountable to the Filipino people, not to himself," he said.