As expected, President Rodrigo Duterte once again drew flak from both opposition and religious group after firing his recent remark expressing his willingness to step down from Presidency if one can prove the existence of God through a selfie.
In an interview with DZMM, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said that faith does not require any proof.
“Kung walang pananampalataya, no proof is enough. For those who believe, you don’t need any proof, because you believe. Hindi ‘yan isang science na kailangan mong i-prove,” he added emphasizing that Duterte’s statement only proves his “ignorance of faith”.
Bishop Pabillo also demeans the President’s willingness to resign from his post saying he already repeated this challenge for so many times.
“Dapat matagal na siyang nag-resign. Ang dami na niyang sinabing I will resign. Wala namang nangyari,” he added.
Meanwhile, opposition Senator Antonio Trillanes III called President Duterte an “anti-Christ” because of his numerous attacks against the Catholic Church and its teachings.
“No doubt, Duterte is an anti-Christ. More than his numerous anti-God and anti-Church statements, Duterte has been promoting a culture of killing, violence, hatred, misogyny, and indecency among our people,” Trillanes said in a statement.
“In other words, everything that was taught to us growing up as Christians or as Filipinos is being undone by Duterte’s evil ways,” he added.
Despite the left and right tirades against God and Christian teaching, Duterte reportedly formed a four-man committee to have a dialogue with different religious groups and he is also scheduled to meet with Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) head Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles to calm down the rift between the Church and the government.