Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The two-fisted mayor of Davao City was in his element again when he met with a group of businessmen in Binondo, Manila on Tuesday (January 19).
Mayor Rodrigo "Rody" Duterte, who has been known for his candor and controversial pronouncements, told the Federation of Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. (FFCCCII) that he didn't go to church anymore since he cannot be a "true blue" Catholic and perform his functions at the same time.
"(Kung) pakinggan ko yang Ten Commandments, pati yung pari diyan, wala na akong magagawa sa pagka-mayor ko," Duterte said.
[Translation: "If I obey the Ten Commandments or listen to priests, I would not be able to do anything as a mayor."]
Duterte clarified that he had not abandoned God, only "forfeited" his religion for the meantime.