MANILA—President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he will quit his post if it can be proven to him that God is real through a "selfie."
"But if there is somebody of the so many billions, maybe if he can go there in Heaven, talk to God, and magpa-selfie sila at bumalik siya rito at sabihin ng pari there is [a] God, I will step down tomorrow," Duterte said in a speech in Davao City.
The President, however, said he has a "deep and abiding faith" in his God.
"I have this deep and abiding faith in God but my God, my concept of God is [based] sa values ko sa buhay, the lessons I learned in life the hard way and 'yung capacity to seek someone who has a universal mind," he said.
"I do not think of my God as a God na applicable dito otherwise there would be no widespread injustice, hunger, killings. Kaya sabi ko nga 'wag kayo magalit mga pari."
Duterte recently drew criticism from the Catholic Church and other religious groups after he called God “stupid” and raised questions about certain Church doctrines and beliefs, such as the story of creation, the concept of heaven and hell, and the Last Supper.
The President has since formed a team to hold a dialogue with leaders of the Catholic Church and other Christian groups.
Duterte is set to meet Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines president Romulo Valles on Monday in an attempt to ease the friction between the government and the Church.