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More religious leaders and groups are denouncing President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirade against God, with Brother Eddie Villanueva saying that such a statement is unconstitutional. Christian group Intercessors for the Philippines also said Duterte committed “the ultimate sin that only Satan can do.”
The backlash comes just as the President is wrapping up his second year in office. Rappler took a look at his broken and fulfilled promises, so far.
Below are the big stories you shouldn’t miss.
Jesus Is Lord Church founder Brother Eddie Villanueva had this to say about President Rodrigo Duterte calling God “stupid”: “When you are a leader, especially the highest leader of the nation, and you mock, wittingly or unwittingly, the God being acknowledged by your Constitution, you are actually violating the soul of the nation.”
“President Duterte has crossed the line!” said Bishop Daniel Balais, national chairman of the Christian group Intercessors for the Philippines, in reaction to the President’s tirade against God.
The Council of Bishops of the United Methodist Church called on the Philippine government to release 3 foreign missionaries “being held by the Republic of the Philippines.”
Rodrigo Duterte has broken his promise to “behave” as president and to sail to Philippine Rise. But he has thrown support for pro-poor policies and increased the pay for soldiers and cops.
Associate Justice Marvic Leonen pointed out that the Constitution does not explicitly define marriage as a union only between a man and a woman. Repeatedly, Leonen asked Solicitor General Jose Calida to cite a constitutional provision that would prove otherwise.
The US Supreme Court upheld Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban targeting Muslim-majority nations, but the president’s “zero tolerance” crackdown on illegal immigration was put on hold.
A contingent of the Philippine Navy arrived in Hawaii for the Exercise Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC), the world’s largest combined naval exercises that will begin on Wednesday, June 27.