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Duterte on Last Supper: 'Who are the idiots there? Basta na lang ginawang santo'

By VIRGIL LOPEZ,GMA News

President Rodrigo Duterte is not yet done with blasting accounts in the Bible.

Speaking before newly-elected Northern Mindanao barangay chairpersons in Cagayan de Oro City on Monday, Duterte questioned the characters in the "Last Supper."

"And even itong Last Supper who are the idiots there? Basta na lang ginawang santo kasi nandun sila sa painting. San Isidro, San Pablo, St. Jude, Santo Rodrigo kung sino na lang," Duterte said, drawing laughter from the audience.

The "Last Supper" refers to the biblical account of the supper or meal that Jesus Christ had with his 12 apostles on the eve of His scourging, crucifixion, and death.

During the Last Supper, Jesus washed His disciples' feet, an act of humility that is reenacted during the Mass of the Lord's Supper every Holy Thursday.

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According to the Bible, Jesus also gave bread and wine to his disciples, which Catholics consider to be the institution of the "Holy Eucharist" or the "Holy Mass."

"Why do you bind with me something very stupid. Binigyan ako ng Diyos ng isip," Duterte said. 

Duterte's remark came days after he referred to a "stupid God", questioned the story of the creation, and cast doubt on the concept of original sin.

Addressing critics in the same speech in Cagayan de Oro, Duterte invoked a freedom to choose whether or not to believe in a God.

He also said that he believed in a "universal being." —JST, GMA News