Malacañang has downplayed President Rodrigo Duterte’s description of God as “stupid” as a personal opinion rooted in childhood trauma.

In a television interview Monday (June 25), Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Duterte’s remarks are part of the exercise of freedom of religion.

“Tingin ko ang ating Pangulo ay merong personal na ispiritwalidad, pero nasa kanya na iyan at hindi na kinakailangang bigyan ng interpretasyon,” he said.

Roque, however, said the sexual abuse Duterte allegedly suffered as a child may have been a factor for his outburst.

“Tingin ko ang deklarasyon ni Pangulo ay nagmumula doon sa hindi magandang karanasan niya noong siya ay isang bata na diumano ay naabuso ng isang pari. Ito ay isang isyu po na dapat talagang harapin din ng Simbahan at siguro po nagkataon lang na ang isang Presidente ngayon ang naging biktima,” he said.

In a speech at the National Information and Communications Technology Summit in Davao City on June 22, Duterte questioned the Bible’s account of creation, which said that God created the world in seven days.

In the Bible, Adam and Eve were thrown out of paradise after eating the forbidden fruit God didn’t want them to have.

Duterte questioned why God would create a perfect world, only to let it fall into sin.

“Who is this stupid God? Estupido talaga itong p***** i** kung ganun. You created some — something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work. How — how can you rationalize a God?” he asked.

Duterte has repeatedly shared that a priest fondled him during confession when he was a young student.

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