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Na-culture shock! Duterte admits becoming a politiko changed his religious views


President Rodrigo Duterte became disillusioned with Catholicism when he entered politics because of all the issues he has to deal with.

In a speech in Malacañang Wednesday (June 13), Duterte said it was “good” that there were no priests in the audience.

“Mabuti. Kasi kayong mga pari we are eternally at odds with each other,” he said at the signing of the memorandum of agreement for free higher education.

“Though I am or has been or have had a good Christian education, noong dumating ako sa gobyerno ang paradigm shift ko umiba,” Duterte added.

The President attended several Catholic schools growing up. He spent part of his high school life at the Ateneo De Davao University but got expelled. He obtained his secondary school diploma from the then-Holy Cross College of Digos.

Duterte graduated with a law degree from San Beda College in Manila.

Though Duterte is opposed to abortion, Duterte said there are already too many people in the country. Overpopulation, he said, is putting a strain on resources.

“With the advent of the coming of cash crop instead of the food crop, kinukulang na tayo ngayon ng lupa and even to really satisfy or do we have the resources to answer for the food of the Filipino,” he said.