“I PROMISE to God not to cuss again.”
President Rodrigo Duterte made this vow as he bared God talked to him on his way home from a three-day official visit to Tokyo, Japan.
The President added “a promise to God is a promise to the Filipino people.”
In sharing his moment of epiphany on his flight to Davao City after his three-day official visit to Japan, Duterte related: “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. You guys hear me right… because a promise to God is a promise to the Filipino people,” the President said.
The President then jestingly said: “Huwag masyadong palakpak, baka mapalpak pa tuloy.”
He however said that there is always time for cussing his favorite targets including the US, European Union and Sen. Leila De Lima.
“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.
And his promise was good for the moment as he did not curse in his press conference.