The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte who called God stupid and a son of a bitch has vowed to step down immediately if it can be proven to him that God exists. He also attacked the Catholic Church for collecting funds from members, accusing it of using donations to “maintain the palaces and the luxurious things that the rest of humanity do not have”.
“If you are really helping people, why do you ask money from them?” he asked. The 73-year-old leader, who was born and raised as a Catholic, questioned some of the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, including the concept of original sin, which he said tainted even infants and could be removed only through baptism in a church for a fee.
“Where is the logic of God there?” he asked.
Mr Duterte, in a speech at the opening of a science and technology event in southern Davao city, said: “If there is any one of you…who say you’d been to heaven, talked to God, saw him personally, and that he exists, the God is yours, and if he does, it’s true, I will step down the presidency”.