Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte discusses the proposed 500th anniversary celebration of the arrival of Christianity in the country during his guesting on the show "Give Us This Day" hosted by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc. (Photo by Ace Morandante of the Presidential Communications Office)
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he is not keen on celebrating the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the Philippines in 2021.The president, who repeatedly berates Catholic Church leaders, said there is nothing special about the "subjugation" of the country by Spanish colonizers."Five hundred years of Christianity? Really? What’s so special?" Duterte said in a television interview hosted by Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, who claims to be the "Appointed Son of God."Quiboloy, a friend of Duterte from the southern city of Davao, is founder and leader of a “cult” called the "Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, Inc.""I’ll celebrate the start of the subjugation of my country for 400 years? You must be kidding. I celebrate the day when the heroes of my country were slaughtered?" Duterte asked.named after King Philip II, became a colony of Spain until 1898."Now the priests are asking what’s the plan. I have no plans. Why should I celebrate the coming of imperialism to my country?" said Duterte."They brought religion? Fine. But you didn’t have to subjugate my country and place my fellow brothers and sisters under the yolk of imperialism for 400 years," he added.The president said Catholics are free to celebrate the arrival of Christianity if they want to, even as he slammed them for their inconsistency.