Many in Davao hurt by Duterte's attacks vs God: Valles

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Posted at Jul 09 2018 03:11 PM | Updated as of Jul 09 2018 03:32 PM

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Some residents in President Rodrigo Duterte's hometown, Davao City, were hurt by his tirades against God, the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said Monday. 

Duterte has drawn criticism from religious groups in previous weeks for calling God "stupid" and questioning the story of creation, the concept of heaven and hell, and the Last Supper.

"I would say that from my take in the area of Davao that a good number of people are pained by this," CBCP president and Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles told reporters. 

Valles said he has recently written to his flock, urging them to keep the faith. 

The bishops' conference has been invited by Malacañang to "look back at how they were revived by the sacraments of the church" so they "can move on to future in the context of this pain we are experiencing." 

The CBCP has been invited by Malacañang to a dialogue with Duterte on Monday. Valles said he was uncertain if he can come today because work "overflowed" this morning. 

ANC, 9 July 2018