Duterte says he asked his god to send EJK victims to heaven

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 3) — President Rodrigo Duterte said that he had another conversation with "his god," this time about extrajudicial killings.

"Lahat ng extrajudicial killing victims, you go to heaven. 'Yan ang hiningi ko sa Diyos," Duterte said during his speech in Malaybalay City, Bukidnon Friday.''

[Translation: All the victims of extrajudicial killings, you go to heaven. I asked God for that.]

Duterte said that when he asked, God told him "puwede, puwede (I can, I can)."

The President, who has previously been criticized about his statements about religion, was quick to rebut that his perception of God is different from how others perceive the Almighty.

"My God is not your God. I believe in a universal being," Duterte reiterated.

The President also reiterated that he is willing to go to hell, if there is a hell.

"Reserve the hottest place in hell for me and may I burn in eternity, kung naay hell," Duterte said.

[Translation: Reserve the hottest place in hell for me and may I burn in eternity, if there is hell]

He explained that he does not believe in hell. Unlike his statements on God, Duterte did not challenge anyone to prove the existence of hell.

Duterte’s statement appears to admit there are extrajudicial killings in the country.

Human rights groups have criticised his administration for what they say are thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings in connection with Duterte’s bloody war on drugs.