Duterte violated Constitution by calling God stupid – Brother Eddie
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte violated the Constitution by calling God stupid, said Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church founder Brother Eddie Villanueva, as the top Christian preacher said he felt “holy anger” at the Chief Executive’s tirades.
“It’s very clear – to me, for the sake of argument, that is already a violation of the Constitution, because the very Constitution, the soul of the Filipino people, believes in God,” Villanueva said in an interview with journalist Karen Davila on ANC’s Headstart.
“When you are a leader, especially the highest leader of the nation, and you mock, wittingly or unwittingly, the God being acknowledged by your Constitution, you are actually violating the soul of the nation,” he said.
The Preamble of the Philippines’ 1987 Constitution includes the name of God, stating:
We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God, in order to build a just and humane society, and establish a Government that shall embody our ideals and aspirations, promote the common good, conserve and develop our patrimony, and secure to ourselves and our posterity, the blessings of independence and democracy under the rule of law and a regime of truth, justice, freedom, love, equality, and peace, do ordain and promulgate this Constitution.
Duterte, in his presidential oath, “pledged to protect the Constitution of the Philippines,” Villanueva also pointed out.