'Prove God Exists and I'll Resign,' Says Philippines President Duterte

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte gestures while addressing the crowd at the 120th Philippine Independence Day celebrations south of Manila Philippines

During his speech Friday at the National Science and Technology Week Celebration for Mindanao, Duterte said he believed there was one supreme mind-God.

"PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) agreed to a moratorium on statements about the Church after the meeting", said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.

Duterte explained that even though he believed in one supreme God there were still things that he thought were illogical. I am not agnostic. He would say, 'Mayor, someone from the church ordered me to go to heaven and speak to God.

To "those who arrogantly regard themselves as wise in their own estimation and the Christian faith as nonsense, those who blaspheme our God as stupid, Saint Paul's words are to the point: 'For the stupidity of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength, '" the bishops said, referring to one of the most important saints in the Catholic faith.

"Yes of course, there's God".

Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte is doubling down on his inflammatory remarks about God.

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Last month in a televised speech, Duterte called God "stupid" and stating that he could not "accept" the religion based on its creation story and belief in original sin.

Duterte had said he could not understand the logic of original sin since people were born with parents who underwent the sacrament of marriage.

"Where is the logic of God there?" he posed.

Catholic church leaders played key roles in the Philippines' 1986 "people power" revolt that ousted dictator Ferdinand Marcos and in the massive protests in 2001 that forced President Joseph Estrada from power after being accused of corruption.

Amid the criticisms, officials have arranged a meeting between Duterte and the head of the largest association of Catholic bishops on Monday.

Duterte is set to meet with Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Romulo Valles on Monday (July 9) at Malacañang Palace.

In a report on Super Radyo dzBB, beamed nationwide, Mao dela Cruz quoted Reyes as saying there should be another witness in the supposed dialogue as Duterte and Valles were good friends, the latter being the Archbishop of Davao.

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