President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Tuesday, July 10, extended his apologies to his “all-forgiving” God during a dinner with the religious leaders at the Malago Clubhouse in Malacañang.
“If it’s the same God, I’m sorry, that’s how it is. Sorry, God. I said sorry God. If God is taken in a generic term by everybody listening then that’s well and good,” Duterte said in a video taken during the late-night meeting with Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILWC) Founder and President Eddie Villanueva and other religious leaders.
In a recent interview, Villanueva had demanded Duterte to publicly apologize for calling God stupid since it is a form of blasphemy against the name of the Holy Creator.
During their meeting, the evangelist leader clarified that he is asking for an apology not for the people nor to the religion, but to God himself.
After the said explanation, the chief executive immediately uttered: “Sorry, God, hindi ka kasama dito, you’re not included.”
Duterte said that the controversial remark was caused by an Australian nun who is currently facing deportation, referring to Sis. Patricia Fox, who the President accused of using the name of God ‘in vain’ and to continuously ‘violate the law’ through the use of religion.
The chief executive also said in his meeting with Villanueva that his God was an “all forgiving and all kind” God and is not one who “creates chaos and discredits others.”
According to the Special Assistant to the President Bong Go, Villanueva was glad that the both Duterte and Villanueva were able to deepen their understanding with each other.
Go also disclosed that Duterte and Villanueva had long been friends even before the latter was elected as president.
Earlier this week, the President also held a dialogue with Davao Archbishop Romulo Valles, head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.