MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Forget about Martial Law. Forget about a Revolutionary Government. Philippines President Rodrigo Roa Duterte will go down in Philippine and World history as the civilian Head of State who has inspired a Bible Revolution in his predominantly Catholic country.
It started with Duterte’s comment that has been quoted, misquoted, interpreted, misinterpreted and taken out of context, in which he said that God “ is a stupid God.”
The reaction to his comment was instantaneous. The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), the Born-again Christians, Pro- and Anti-Duterte folks, and Opposition members who have made Religion as their shield to their cluelessness, have all of a sudden become Bible experts.
Social Media has erupted with posts and comments about Duterte having “crossed the line” and has triggered a barage of Bible quotes from both the Old and New Testaments.
Once again, the news media have ignored the deadly Dengvaxia debacle, the PhilHealth fund mess, the revealing Vice Presidential ballot recount, the Aquino Administration’s DAP travesty, the Kadamay siege and other pressing national issues and decided to zero in on Duterte’s God comment.
A quick check of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts has shown the surfacing of Biblical experts who have suddenly armed themselves with quotes and verses from the Holy Book.
It’s a phenomenon never experienced anywhere in the Christian world — only in the Philippines.
It’s really more fun in the Philippines. Oh, and yes, more hypocritical.