MANILA - President Rodrigo Duterte has agreed to stop issuing statements about the church after a one-on-one meeting with the president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), his spokesman said Monday.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said the meeting between Duterte and CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles of Davao was held in Malacañang at around 4 p.m. today.
"Meet between PRRD and Arch Valles took place at 4 pm. PRRD agreed to a moratorium on statements about the church after the meeting. It was a one-on-one meeting," he told reporters.
The meeting between Duterte and the Catholic church leader came after the President called God "stupid" and questioned the logic of the creation story.
Duterte, who has said he was molested by a priest when he was young, has also criticized the church for its "hypocrisy." He earlier said he will step down if anyone can prove God exists through a selfie.
Roque said earlier that a government panel will meet with representatives from the CBCP after Duterte's one-on-one with Archbishop Valles.--report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News