Political analyst Ranjit Singh Rye, of the University of the Philippines, said: "Only God knows the mindset of the president". I'm not a prognostic and I'm not an atheist.
It would be recalled that last month, President Duterte caused a stir in his nation and across the world when he openly referred to God as "a stupid...son of a bitch" over the logic of the original sin.
"PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) agreed to a moratorium on statements about the Church after the meeting", said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque. "I just happen to be a human being believing there is a universal mind somewhere which controls the universe", he said during the opening of the National Science and Technology Week in Davao City Friday.
"Yes of course, there's God".
Archbishop Romulo Valles and the association of bishops that he heads called for a day of prayers on July 16 to invoke "God's mercy and justice on those who have blasphemed God's holy name, those who slander and bear false witness and those who commit murder or justify murder as a means for fighting criminality".
Duterte, however, stressed he believed in the supremacy of God who created the universe. "While confessing, we were being fondled", Duterte said in a speech in Davao City, as quoted by The Inquirer recently.
Duterte said that he was even willing to resign if Church leaders could show proof that they had been to heaven and had talked with God personally. "And if there is one, ladies and gentlemen, I will announce my resignation immediately", he said.
The President also refuted the concept of original sin, which came about because, as related in the Bible, Adam and Eve were banished from Eden for disobeying God. "You create the flawless thing and then spoil it with a snake and an apple and you give us a sin that we never agreed to commit and that is the original sin", he said.
"Where is the logic of God there?" he posed.
A town mayor from Luzon who supported Duterte during his campaign has also expressed disapproval of the president's attacks on the church.
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