CBCP: Duterte apology to God is 'right direction'

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 11 2018 02:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte. Alfred Frias, Malacanang Photo/File

MANILA- President Rodrigo Duterte's apology to God shows remorse for his recent remarks which have courted controversy, a Church official said Wednesday.

Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Public Affairs Committee, said Duterte's apology is an “initial step in the right direction.”

“Nagkaroon siya ng ganyang realization and malaking bagay din na siya mismo ang nag-apologize," Secillano told ABS-CBN News in a phone interview.

"Hind ko alam kung may nagsabi sa kaniya. At least nung nakita nung publiko yung ginawa niya, parang nagpakita rin naman ng remorse,” he added.

(He had that realization and it's a big thing that he apologized. I don't know if someone asked him to do it. At least, the public saw what he did, it's like he showed remorse as well.)

The President, during his meeting with Jesus is Lord leader Eddie Villanueva, revealed that he had apologized to God after his recent comments stirred controversy.

Villanueva had previously demanded a public apology from Duterte for calling God stupid. 

The television evangelist met with the chief executive in Malacañang for nearly three hours late Tuesday where Duterte said his God was "all forgiving and all kind" and not one to "create chaos and discredit others." 

Earlier this week, Duterte also held a dialogue with CBCP President, Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles.

A 4-man panel created by Duterte is set to meet with other CBCP officials.