Duterte pushing limits in speeches to 'shake the tree'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 26) — President Rodrigo Duterte offers an explanation on why he talks the way he does in public: he is shaking the tree.

"Alam mo yung lahat nagsasalita [You know everyone is talking] about anything that I say, they exploit it, sinasadya ko yan e [I'm doing it on purpose]. You know why? This country is in the doldrums. I'm shaking the tree para mabuhay lahat, para makita ko yung [so things will come to life, so I can see]...that's shaking the tree," he said Tuesday.

He added, "Pati yung mga salita ko bastos. I'm trying to go to the boundaries of hanggang saan."

[Translated: Even my words are rude. I'm trying to go to the boundaries of what's possible.]

President Duterte is not known for mincing words. He earned the public's ire after saying God was "stupid" at a speech in Davao City on Friday.

His exact words were: "Who is this stupid God? Estupido talaga itong p***** i** kung ganun [This son of a b***h is stupid if that's the case]. You created some – something perfect and then you think of an event that would tempt and destroy the quality of your work."

The President was talking about the Bible story of Adam and Eve, and their ejection from the Garden of Eden.

At an event in Cagayan de Oro Monday, the President took issue with some lawmakers who called him out for saying God was "stupid."

"I said that in connection with my statement against Sister Fox," Duterte said.

Duterte took issue with foreign priests and nuns who criticize him. Sister Patricia Fox is Australian.

"Wala akong sinabi na torpe ang Ginoo ko. Sabi ko – you review the tapes – your God is not my God because your God is stupid. Mine has a lot of common sense," he said.

In a statement Tuesday, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas called for prayers and healing for President Rodrigo Duterte, but has rebuked him for his series of tirades not only against the Catholic church, but also against God.