In a bizarre press conference on Thursday, Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte explained that he would stop cursing because God told him to do so as part of a threat.
Mr. Duterte told reporters after a flight home from Japan on Thursday that he had heard a voice commanding him to ease up on the cuss words, or else the plane would crash.
Faced with a choice between cleaning up his language and killing everyone onboard with an unplanned dive into the Philippine Sea, he said, he chose to stay alive.
This is a man who has called Pope Francis a “son of a bitch,” told President Obama to “go to hell,” and killed thousands of his own people as part of an anti-drug purge.
And now he’s a Child of God. Sure… and Donald Trump will start quoting Bible verses off the top of his head at this weekend’s rallies.
He didn’t making his statement, however, without giving himself some leeway:
As for Mr. Duterte’s vow to stop cursing, he allowed that he might not entirely kick his habit, perhaps saving obscenities for when they are most needed.
“There’s always a time for everything, a time to be foul-mouthed,” he said. “It’s all calibrated.”
Huh. I guess he is a religious person. He believes in God, and will make promises to Him…. but only when it’s convenient.