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Prez Duterte forms 3-man committee; seeks dialogue with Catholic Church

President Rodrigo Duterte (REUTERS/Ezra Acayan/file photo)

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte formed a three-man committee to hold a dialogue with the Catholic church and other religious groups on his behalf, after his controversial remarks about God and the leaders of the Catholic Church on Tuesday.

During the press briefing in Davao City, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque disclosed to the public the sudden move of the President on Monday night to address the issue between Duterte and the Catholic Church.

The committee includes Roque; Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella; and Pastor Boy Saycon.

Abella was a former church pastor for the Born Again Charismatics while Saycon was appointed by Duterte to be a member of the  EDSA People Power Commission and has been tasked to reach the attention of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).

Roque will contact the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches.

Alam ko po may separation ng Church and State. Hindi po kinakailangan makipag dayalogo pero minabuti na po ng presidente, sige buksan natin ang proseso ng dayalogo,” Roque said.

He also added that the Church and government will have to agree on the agenda of the dialogue.

“Dahil nasabi na ni Presidente ang gusto niya sabihin, tignan natin kung papaano mapapabuti ang samahan dahil iisang lipunan naman ang pinaglilingkuran ng gobyerno at ng Simbahan,” Roque added.

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