By Genalyn Kabiling
As the Catholic faithful observe the season of Lent, President Duterte has admitted that he believes in God and fears karma.
In his visit to Batangas City on Holy Wednesday, the President said that he may have differences with other people but they agree on certain “fundamentals.”
“Meron, meron tayong diperensya. Lahat naman tayo. There’s always — we cannot agree on everything. But there are fundamentals na lahat tayo… Ako naman, I assure you, I believe in God and takot ako sa karma (We have differences. All of us. There’s always, we cannot agree on everything but there are fundamentals we agree on. I assure you, I believe in God and I am afraid of karma),” Duterte said before the crowd gathered at the PDP-Laban campaign rally.
Duterte admitted that he has endured karma “twice over” so he avoids committing any wrongdoing.
“Kung ‘yang ginagawa ko maintindihan ng Panginoong Diyos, ah okay lang. But ako, ayaw ko ‘yung to commit a wrong, ‘yung malice. Mahirap ‘yan. I have experienced karma twice over (If my actions are understood by the Lord, that’s okay. But I don’t want to commit a wrong, malice. That’s difficult. I have experienced karma twice over),” he added.
The President’s statement about God and karma came following his recent tirades against the alleged abuses of the Catholic Church.
Duterte has denounced the church, which has been critical of his blood drug war, as the most hypocritical institution due to alleged corruption and sexual abuses hounding some priests. He had also previously questioned some church doctrines including the story of creation, the Holy Trinity, and the concept of heaven and hell.
In his recent visit to Cagayan province, the President argued that it was useless to go to confession and seek forgiveness since he commits sins every day.
Duterte, who claimed he was no longer a Catholic after enduring abuse from a priest in high school, added that he has avoided hearing mass.
“Ako hindi nagsisimba. Kasi ‘pag magsimba ako, “Forgive me, father, for I have killed last night three.” Balik na naman ako kinabukasan, “Father, forgive me because I have killed 10 drug — drug lords.” Eh pabalik-balik ako, bakit pa ako magpunta doon? Useless eh (I don’t go to mass because whenever I hear mass and say ‘Forgive me, father, for I have killed three last night.’ I’ll only return the next day and say ‘Father, forgive me because I have killed 10 drug lords.’ I’ll be going back and forth so why should I still go there? It’s useless],” he said.