President Duterte meets Bro. Eddie Villanueva: " I only apologize to God, nobody else" - The Daily Sentry

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

President Duterte meets Bro. Eddie Villanueva: " I only apologize to God, nobody else"

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with JILCW leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva at Malacanang Park / photo screen-capped from PCOO video

President Rodrigo Duterte meets with Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW) leader Bro. Eddie Villanueva several weeks after the social media uproar because of the president’s ‘stupid god’ remarks.

Since then, Villanueva and the Catholic Church leaders have continuously attack the president, wanting him to apologize for allegedly insulting their religious belief.

The JIL leader and the president met at the Malago Clubhouse at MalacaƱang Park on Wednesday, July 10, 2018 about the matter.

Duterte patiently explained to Villanueva that he was not criticizing the God of everybody, only the God of his hypocrite critics.

“I said, If you review the tape, I said that my God is good, has common sense and does not create trouble for my country.” The president said.

The president also apologized to God directly as he said, “Sorry God.”

On the other hand, he countered that If God is taken in a generic term by everybody listening, then it’s up to them.  

“but my concept of God when it is put at state with the other people using the name of God in vain. Remember that there is a division between Church and State.” Duterte said citing the separation of the Church and the government.*

The president while talking and explaining his side during the meeting with Villanueva / screen-capped from PCCO video

 “You can criticize us anything at all, from the garbage collectors to the Generals and even to the Vice President and Senators, but never never use the name of God as a front to attack the government, because that is not the proper way to do it.” He added.

Duterte also addressed his critics who are too busy criticizing him instead of doing good, these people according to the president are the ones who made their own concept of “God”.

“If you feel that somebody is doing it wrong and invoking the name (of God), hey guy you just talking about the wrong God or that is not God that is my God.” he said.

In the end, Duterte stressed that he will only apologize to his God, not his critics.

“I only apologize to God, nobody else.” He said.

The president believes that his God will forgive him, and He understands.

“He (God) would really be happy to listen to my apology, why? Because my God is all forgiving, why? Because he does not remember past hurts, why? Because God created me to be good and not to be bad,” Duterte said.

President Rodrigo Duterte poses for a photo (center) with JIL leader Bro.Eddie Villanueva after the meeting / photo by Malacanang

Source: PCOO