Philippines President Duterte Calls God ‘Stupid’,

President Rodrigo Duterte of Philippines has again sparked another controversy in the predominantly Catholic country for calling God “stupid,”.

Duterte made the controversial statement on Friday evening during a speech in his southern home city of Davao saying;

“Adam ate (the fruit of knowledge), then malice was born. Who is this stupid God?” he said. “That son of a bitch is stupid if that’s the case.

“You created something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work.”

Duterte also questioned the rationale of original sin, noting, “That was your mother and father’s deed – you weren’t born yet, but now you have original sin.

“What kind of religion is that? I can’t accept it.”

However presidential spokesman Harry Roque urged the public to accept that Duterte tends to use strong language when he expresses his beliefs.

“That is the personal belief of the president,” he said. “We are free to believe in religion and we are also free not to believe in religion.

“The president has his personal spiritual beliefs.”

“We cannot fault the president if he has no sense of hypocrisy and we should accept that because even when he was just a candidate, he never hid that from us,” he added.

 

President Duterte Under Criticism For Kissing Woman

Filipinos have criticized their president for publicly kissing a woman on the lip during an official visit to south Korea.

President Rodrigo Duterte gave out a copy of a book on alleged corruption in the Catholic Church in the Philippines to the crowd on Sunday, saying a woman should get it because he wanted a kiss in exchange.

“No men, the price for this is a kiss,” he said, while calling out to a woman in white from the cheering crowd, “Are you ready to kiss?”

Two women went up the stage, and Duterte told them to share the book.

The 73-year-old president gave one of the woman a peck on the cheek, but signalled to the other woman that he wanted a kiss on the lips.

“Are you single? You’re not separated? But can you tell him that this is just a joke?,”

Duterte was heard telling the woman before kissing her on the lips and embracing her after.

While the crowd at the meeting cheered and laughed, other Filipinos took to social media to criticise Duterte’s act.

Former solicitor general Florin Hilbay said the act was something that should not be emulated, adding, “This is that path that normalizes misogyny.”

Opposition Congressman Gary Alejano also lamented what happened, saying, “The measure of a true man is not how he abuses women but how he respects their rights and person.”

The woman, who is married to a South Korean and has two children, said there was no malice in the kiss, which was meant “to entertain and excite the audience.”

Gabriela, a women’s political party, said it was unfortunate that the woman had to defend the “disgusting theatrics” of Duterte, who felt “entitled to demean, humiliate or disrespect women according to his whim.”

“Such acts of President Duterte are only intended to divert the people from the real and pressing issues of the country,” the party said.

“His repeated acts of machismo is meant as entertainment to hide the reality of his rapidly slipping popularity.”

Duterte has in the past been accused of making sexist, misogynistic and disrespectful comments against women, including making rape jokes, questioning their integrity and even telling soldiers to shoot female “rebels’ vaginas”.

Rallies In Philippine Capital Over President’s Sexist Remark

Activists wearing purple and pink shirts have turned up in their hundreds rallying in the Philippine capital on Thursday to protest women’s rights violations and denounce President Rodrigo Duterte’s sexist remarks.

They also sang and danced while carrying placards and banners, calling for female empowerment and better opportunities in the country.

Jean Enriquez, one of the organisers of the demonstration, said the protesters were also denouncing Duterte’s misogynist remarks.

“We are so alarmed. We have seen his direct attacks against women under his iron-hand rule,’’ she said.

The demonstrators handed roses to widows, mothers and sisters of drug suspects killed in Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs at a rally in a public plaza in downtown Manila.

In February, Duterte told soldiers to shoot female communist rebels in the genitals, in his latest remarks to be denounced by rights groups for encouraging violence against women.

In May 2017, he told soldiers he would protect them against criminal charges, even if they rape three women, while implementing martial law in the southern region of Mindanao.

“Now, more than ever, we have experienced the ingrained prejudice against our womanhood,” the Centre for Women’s Resources said in a statement on International Women’s Day.

“President Duterte himself promotes misogyny, objectification and discrimination against women.”

“When the highest leader of the land mocks us, cracks a sex joke that degrades us, we could not expect any let-up in the number of abuses,” it added.

The centre noted that 17 female activists have been killed and 42 arrested in the period since Duterte took office on June 30, 2016, until December 2017.

According to the centre, in the past two months there have been 796 reported cases of rape – almost 15 a day – in the Philippines.

Domestic violence remains high, with a woman or child being battered every 15 minutes, it added.