International Political Analyst: Duterte's 'selfie with God' is meant to expose the hypocrisy of critics calling him a blasphemer - The Daily Sentry

Saturday, July 7, 2018

International Political Analyst: Duterte's 'selfie with God' is meant to expose the hypocrisy of critics calling him a blasphemer

President Rodrigo Duterte in one of his speech / Malacanang photo file

During a speech before his audience on July 6, President Rodrigo Duterte has once again called a bluff saying he will resign should his opponents who cannot move on with his remarks about God to prove him God’s existence by showing him a selfie photo.

“If there is anyone of you there, the noisy ones, who would say that you have been to heaven, talked to God, saw him personally, and that He exists, the God that is yours, and if He does is true, I will step down the presidency tonight.” the president said.

I just need one witness who will say, ‘Mayor, those fools at the Church ordered me to go to heaven and talk to God. God really exists. We have a picture together and I brought a selfie”. He added.

In his previous statements, the president, however, already clarified that he believes that there is a ‘Supreme being’ who is logical, compassionate and consistent God.

Meanwhile, UK political expert Adam Garrie also believes that Duterte has increased his “rhetorical attacks on the doctrine and hypocritical practices of the Roman Catholic Church in The Philippines or as it ought to be called the deep church.”

“If you are really helping people, why do you ask money from them?” the president said, challenging the Church even more.

Garrie in his article noted how Duterte has mastered his rhetorical style;

“In an age of instant communication, Duterte has become masterfully adept at throwing fresh meat to his opponents in the way that a zoo keeper is able to placate hungry beasts by throwing them pieces of flesh. In each case, Duterte’s opponents who yearn for his political demise or public humiliation grow ever more frantic when Duterte remains firm in his position and issues new psychological challenges to those who for years have grown accustomed to predictable and unexciting politicians.” Garrie explained*

“Duterte’s latest challenge regarding one’s ‘selfie with God’ is meant to expose the hypocrisy of those who have called him a blasphemer in spite of the fact that he has on multiple occasions stated that he is not an atheist – even though being an atheist is technically legal in the generally religious Philippines.” He said”

“Like other believers, Duterte does not have a selfie with God but many of his opponents whether in the Liberal Party of The Philippines, the deep church or Duterte’s self-appointed rival Antonio Trillanes tend to act as though they have.” He added.

Garrie also noted that the president is not the one making sin but the Church leaders and opponents calling him a blasphemer for disagreeing on their belief.

“The truth is that Duterte is intentionally challenging people to question their own dogmas, their own unnecessary sense of guilt and their own adherence to neo-colonial institutions awash in cash in a country where millions remain poor. By contrast, his opponents in making a clear inference that some paths to God are correct and others are wicked, are in fact the ones truly causing offence to millions of free thinking Filipinos and millions more around the world who find extremist attitudes towards faith as dangerous and abhorrent” the political analyst also said.*

Garrie said that Duterte has the same loud political style as Russian opposition leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, who was often loud, flamboyant and confrontational. And when asked why, Zhirinovsky, explained that “the overwhelming chaos which permeated through the political atmosphere meant that unless someone was loud, memorable and grandiose, he would never be heard”

The geo-political expert also cited several possibilities he thinks the President knew – just like how a parent would know his own blood and what’s the best for them.

“For Duterte, The Philippines is capable of becoming a society where worldly wealth and interpersonal faith can exist harmoniously. For Duterte, The Philippines should be a place where spiritual figures are there to uplift and inspire rather than molest the bodies of young children and molest the political sovereignty of a legally secular nation. For Duterte, the last vestiges of the colonial mentality will only end when clerics begin working for the people rather than working for their own agenda that often times has little to do with God, charity or The Bible – in many cases the deep church’s agenda runs contrary to God, charity and The Bible simultaneously. Ultimately, Duterte seeks to give his people freedom balanced by lawful order where one’s religiosity, family life and future are a matter of conscience decided from within rather than dogma dictated to by institutions who refuse to change with the times.” Garrie explained.

“Once again, Duterte’s opponents have shown themselves to be overly focused on the specifics of Duterte’s rhetorical style rather than on the broad sweep of his profound overarching message. Ultimately, since none of those who have appointed themselves pontiff, judge, jury and executioner over Duterte have their would-be “selfie with God”, Duterte is going to clearly remain in office until he has executed the full duty to his people that he was elected to serve.” Garrie finally said.

 Source: Eurasia Future