President Rodrigo Duterte lashed at the Catholic Church again in front of the Filipino Community in South Korea on Sunday, June 3.
He told the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) that they should keep their faith to god, however, he said that the people must avoid believing the political opinions of the Catholic Church.
“Maniwala kayo sa Diyos, pero huwag kayo maniwala dyan sa lokohan ng simbahan.” Duterte told his audiences at the Grand Ballroom of the Grand Hilton Convention Center in Seoul.
Duterte even mocked the church and showed a copy of the book “Altar of Secrets” wrote by Aries Rufo.
President Duterte introduces the Altar of Secrets to two OFWs in South Korea. Photo: PCOO
The controversial book is about the alleged dark secrets of the Catholic Church in the Philippines and its scandal which kept secret for a long time.
“Tignan mo ang Adam and Eve, kung yan ang Diyos ng Katoliko, torpe yan. Maghanap ka ng Diyos na tama.” he said.
Duterte even joked that after his term, he would found a new religion which everyone can do everything which can make them happy.
“May bago tayong relihiyon paglabas natin. Iglesia ni Rodrigo tayo.” he said.
“Walang limit, may obligasyon ka sa sarili – to make yourself happy.” he added.
The Catholic Church criticized President Rodrigo Duterte several times on his strict style of governance.
Several priests slammed Duterte for its war against illegal drugs and his other actions.
However, despite being a Catholic country, President Duterte’s popularity remained high.
President Duterte is in South Korea for a three-day official visit.