Trillanes, Hontiveros on Duterte's criticisms against 'Catholic God': Height of arrogance, distraction from issues - The Daily Sentry

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Trillanes, Hontiveros on Duterte's criticisms against 'Catholic God': Height of arrogance, distraction from issues

Manila, Philippines – opposition senators Antonio Trillanes and Risa Hontiveros on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s mocking of God is not only because of his arrogance but also aimed to distract the public from the issues that surround the country.

In his recent statement, Trillanes said that he’s with the nation in expressing outrage against the president’s attack to God.

“It is the height of arrogance of power not only to disrespect and spit on an individual's faith but also to act as though he is a god,” Trillanes said.

Senator Antonio Trillanes 3rd (ctto)

The senator added the Duterte’s own statements -  “betray the nature of his evil mind and is very much consistent with the deceitfulness, heartlessness and ruthlessness of his policies.”

“It should be clear now to everyone that Duterte is one evil man,” he said.

Meanwhile, another Duterte critic, Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros, said that the president’s statements were meant to distract the nation.

“As a Catholic, I understand the anger against Duterte's statements against God. Itong sinabi ni President Duterte has nothing to do with programs and policies. Ito ay pang distract lang sa issues, the priest killings, ‘yung corruption, ‘yung incompetence,” Hontiveros said in an interview with ANC.*

Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros (ctto)

President Duterte is now being criticized for his speech in Davao City during the opening of the 2018 National ICT Summit Friday, where he said he could not understand why God would create something perfect, but later on only destroys it.

“Who is this stupid God? Estupido talaga itong p— ina kung ganun. You created some—something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work,” he said, (referring to Catholic’s teaching about Adam and Eve).

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque earlier explained that the president was not attacking God and is entitled to his spirituality.

Roque also said that the president’s outburst rooted from his bad experience with a priest during his childhood.

“Tingin ko ang mga deklarasyon ng Pangulo ay nagmula dun sa hindi magandang karanasan niya nung siya'y bata, na diumano'y siya ay naabuso ng isang pari,” Roque said while urging the church to address child abuse cases committed by priests.

 Source: MSN