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Robredo nagpaalala kay Duterte na 'wag mang-insulto'

Robredo nagpaalala kay Duterte na 'wag mang-insulto'

Government officials, especially President Rodrigo Duterte, should exercise their freedom to speak their minds with responsibility and avoid offending religious beliefs, Vice President Leni Robredo said on Thursday.



Robredo was reacting to the recent furor over Duterte's rants against the Bible and God, whom he called "stupid" for tempting Adam and Eve in the Genesis creation story.

The vice president said that all government officials, including her, have the right to express their thoughts and sentiments, but this should be exercised prudently.

"We should remind, not just President Duterte, but all government officials like us, that it's true we have the right to express our feelings, we have religious freedom, but all these rights have corresponding responsibilities," Robredo said in Filipino in an interview in Zamboanga City.

"Our obligation is to make sure that we don't offend the sensibilities of people, we don't offend the religious beliefs of people, and not to insult, which is also our obligation," she added.

Duterte recently described God, who he later clarified to be the God of his critics, as "stupid" and questioned the logic behind the Bible story on the temptation of Adam and Eve.

He also questioned the Lord's Supper and falsely claimed that some saints who were born centuries later were there.

These remarks outraged both Catholic and Christian churches and led the Palace to form a four-man committee that would dialog with them in an effort to iron out their differences.

Freedom Of Speech

Bagaman may karapatang magpahayag ng saloobin ay pinaalala pa rin ni Vice President Leni Robredo kay Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte ang obligasyon nitong hindi dapat makainsulto.

Ito'y matapos ang kontrobersiyal na pahayag ni Duterte kaugnay sa Diyos.

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Source: ABS-CBN, Philstar

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