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‘May my God forgive him,’ Ping says of Duterte’s cursing on God of Christian church


May my God forgive him and make him atone for all his sins.

This was Sen. Panfilo Lacson’s response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s reported comments against the God of the Christian Church.

“Between him and my God to Whom I pray every single day and with Whom I’ve found solace and comfort in all my difficult times, I don’t even have to think of my choice. May my God forgive him and make him atone for all his sins,” he said.

Lacson, a Catholic, noted he had taken Duterte’s side in many conflicts with his political adversaries.

He said this was even if he sometimes had his doubts, “because I believed he was different from all the presidents who led before him.”

“At times I thought he was God’s gift to a benighted land, hoping the elusive change for the better has finally come to our country under his leadership,” he added.

Earlier reports quoted Duterte as questioning the story of creation in the Bible, and insinuating that God is “stupid.”

During the campaign period in 2016, Duterte had jokingly included Pope Francis in a curse, but said his remark was aimed at Metro Manila’s traffic problem. Pope Francis visited the Philippines in 2015.