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Roque: The God I know would not demand public apologies

/ 05:20 PM June 27, 2018
Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque is glad to announce during a press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in MalacaÒang on January 8, 2018 that President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has garnered an approval rating of 80 percent and 82 percent trust rating based on the last quarter survey of Pulse Asia. YANCY LIM/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Palace Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / YANCY LIM

Responding to questions whether President Rodrigo Duterte will issue a public apology after an evangelical leader reportedly demanded him to do so, Spokesperson Harry Roque said that he believes his God would not ask for one.

“I seem to have an honest difference in opinion now with Bro. Eddie (Villanueva), because the God that I know would not demand a public apology,” Roque said during a press briefing of a committee tasked to hold a dialogue with religious leaders on Wednesday.


“The God I know is a god of love.  And He is too big for any words that may come from the mouth of a mortal,” he added, referring to the President’s remarks that have been criticized widely.

Critics and allies alike expressed their outrage after the President quipped “who is this stupid God” in a speaking engagement in Davao City last Friday.


Malacañang responded by forming the three-man committee, consisting of Roque, Foreign Undersecretary Ernesto Abella, and Council for Philippine Affairs Secretary General Pastor “Boy” Saycon.

Roque then reiterated that the Christian God would prefer healing than spewing hate.

“My God would not demand a public apology. My God would understand, he is a god of love, and he would wish healing for everyone,” he added. /jpv


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