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Duterte left Catholicism after ‘molest’, vows to quit if shown ‘selfie’ with god

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PHILIPPINES President Rodrigo Duterte claims to have suffered sexual abuse from a Catholic priest during his early days which led him to leave the faith and said he would resign if someone could prove the existence of God.

In a string of controversial statements, the firebrand leader said he stopped being a Catholic due to a “terrible” incident, prompting him to create his own concept of a supreme being who stood for values such as fairness and justice.

“Something terrible happened when we were young. It’s not really that serious. While confessing, we were being fondled,” Duterte said in a speech in Davao City, as quoted by The Inquirer recently.

“So when I graduated, I was no longer a Catholic. I was no longer a Catholic at that age. I was not even in politics then.”

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Earlier, the president as accused........

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