Philippine Prez Duterte says God told him to stop cursing
The foul-mouthed president has made headlines for calling Pope Francis a "son of a bitch" and by telling Barack Obama to "go to hell"
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, who made controversies through his tirades against world leaders says now that he won't spew expletives by a promise directly given to God.
The foul-mouthed president who made headlines calling Pope Francis a "son of a bitch" and by telling Barack Obama to "go to hell".
Duterte's massive campaign against drug trafficking helped him to become President in the end of June. Since then he has launched a war against illegal drugs that has left thousands dead.
Arriving at his hometown Davao city after a trip to Japan, the pledge by Duterte left political circles stunned.
He said that during his flight when everyone was sound asleep, he heard a voice saying 'if you don't stop epithets, I will bring this plane down now."
"And I said, 'Who is this?' So, of course, 'it's God,'" he said.
"So, I promise God to ... not express slang, cuss words and everything. So you guys hear me right always because (a) promise to God is a promise to the Filipino people," President said to the media.
He made headlines when he said to American president Barack Obama to "go to hell" on October 5 when the western world came up with scathing criticism against his drug war. This statement made a huge blow to the decades-old relationship between the two countries.
Indications are there that Rodrigo Duterte is switching his loyalty from decade old friend US to China which is creating tensions among World powers.
Duterte compared his rigorous offensive with pogrom of Jews by Adolf Hitler on September saying "Hitler massacred 3 million Jews. Now there [are] 3 million drug addicts….I’d be happy to slaughter them". The acclimation evoked widespread criticism from all over the world which made him apologise later.
According to officials, over 2,000 have been killed since President Duterte was sworn in on June 30 upon which he started his war on drug mafia and trafficking.