President Rodrigo Duterte doesn’t think that there should be a celebration to mark the 500th year since Christianity arrived in the Philippines.
In an interview with Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Pastor Apollo Quiboloy in Davao City Saturday (June 8), Duterte said he only believes in celebration for heroes.
“Yung Church, centennial now, 500 years of Christianity. Really? What’s so special? These are the — I just keep it confidential. Ba;t ako mag-celebrate ng…? I celebrate the start of the subjugation of my country for 400 years? You must be kidding,” he said.
Duterte noted the irony of Filipinos celebrating the heroes’ bravery in standing up to the Spaniards, then going to church to pray.
“We revere the conquistadores. Not me. So we do not celebrate anything. Why would we
celebrate? Coming of Christianity. That started our travails and agony and sorrow, mag-celebrate ako?” he said.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will celebrate the 500th year since Christianity was spread in the country in 2021. However, in preparation for the celebration, it designated 2019 as the Year of the Youth.
Duterte made it clear that he will not partake in any celebration of Christianity’s five-century hold in the country because he has his “own God.”
“God who is all-knowing, who’s kind. God who does not create hell, does not create heaven. He
did not create human beings just to be thrown to hell or to enjoy heaven,” he said.