Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says God told him to stop cursing

President Rodrigo Duterte's foul mouth has become a trademark of his political persona as he peppered his speeches with profanities, especially when threatening to kill drugs dealers.

By: AP | Manila | Published:October 28, 2016 10:05 am
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The foul-mouthed Philippine president, who once called the pope a “son of a bitch” and told Barack Obama to “go to hell,” said he has promised to God he won’t spew expletives again. President Rodrigo Duterte’s foul mouth has become a trademark of his political persona as he peppered his speeches with profanities, especially when threatening to kill drugs dealers as part of his war on illegal drugs that has left thousands dead since he took office at the end of June.

Duterte made the stunning pledge on arrival in his southern hometown of Davao city late Thursday from a trip to Japan. He said that while flying home, he was looking at the sky while everyone was sound asleep and he heard a voice that said “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.”

Duterte’s vow was met with applause, but he cautioned: “Don’t clap too much or else this may get derailed.”

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    Amit Mukhopadhyay
    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:11 am
    This is a globally recognized foul-mouth. He says God told him to stop cursing. I think God must have also told him to step down, which he is feigning not hearing.
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    sam
    Oct 28, 2016 at 6:11 am
    Hmmm .. so the crazy just got crazier! I don't believe even God can save this man who holds dialog, meetings and conferences with the voices in his head. Maybe we should get him a sock-puppet to talk to.
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