Press Release
June 25, 2018


*Akbayan Senator Risa Hontiveros on President Rodrigo Duterte's "God is stupid" remark

The statement is completely unproductive and unnecessary. It doesn't contribute anything to policy-making and implementation. It does not really address any important issues. It doesn't contribute in making the lives of Filipinos better. It doesn't even add anything to philosophical discourse.

However, there is one thing President Duterte's latest remark does: it keeps the public distracted from the burning issues of the day. It keeps us distracted from China's encroachment on our territory. It deflects public attention away from the unmitigated skyrocketing price of gasoline. It distracts us from the negative effects of TRAIN. It diverts public attention away from the incompetence and corruption plaguing the administration.

As a woman of faith myself, I understand the anger of many among us. President Duterte's latest comment does nothing to bring the Filipino people together. They only divide us even further. However, I appeal to the public to remain vigilant and not lose sight of the important issues that need addressing. Let us not allow President Duterte to distract us with his irrational stream-of-consciousness ramblings.

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