President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he has made a pledge to God to stop cussing in his speeches.
Upon arriving in Davao City after his three-day official visit to Japan, Duterte shared a moment of epiphany during his flight.
"I was looking at the skies as I was coming over here. And I... everybody was asleep snoring. A voice said that you know 'If you don't stop (inaudible), I will bring this plane down now.' And I said, who is this? Of course, it's God. Oh, OK. So, I promised God not to express slang, cuss words," he said.
"You guys hear me right always because a promise to God is a promise to the Filipino people," he added.
The people present at the event clapped.
To which, Duterte said, "Huwag masyadong palakpak, baka mapalpak pa tuloy."
But when asked whether he would no longer cuss at frequent targets such as the United States, the European Union, or Senator Leila de Lima, Duterte replied: "There is always a time."
"Actually, kung kilala mo ako. magtanong ka sa mga kababata ko. Matagal kaming magkasama. Superman, I can read your mind, ika nga," he said.
"There is always a time. A time to be foul-mouthed. I don't like anybody reading my mind. It's all calibrated, it's always timing. Watch out for one thing, that's what I've learned, miscalculation," he added.
Duterte, during the press conference, did not curse once. --JST, GMA News