Despite his criticism of the Catholic Church and propensity to curse, President Rodrigo Duterte additionally reads the Bible— or extra precisely, just one chapter of the holy e-book.

In his speech earlier than members of the 2nd Mechanized Infantry (Magbalantay) Brigade of the Philippine Army in Iligan City Friday (May 26), Duterte shared passages from Ecclesiastes chapter three, which spoke about the significance of timing.

“You know, in a war— But there is always a time for everything. A time to be rich, a time to have plenty of money, a time of want, a time for birthdays, and a time of gaiety, a time for sorrow, a time to be enemies. But there’s always a time to be friends. Ganon ang buhay,” he advised troopers.

“If you have a bible in your hands, read Ecclesiastes 3. Yan lang ang page na binabasa ko sa bibliya. You know why? Kung may problema ka sa mundong ito, maski ano. Basahin mo. Sabihin sa bibliya, lahat dito may panahon,” Duterte added.

In boosting troopers’ morale, Duterte mentioned this time– when they’re combating the terrorist Maute group– “is a time for victory.”

“We will not lose it. How can we lose it? We have everything. Wala kayong problema. I will take care of you,” he mentioned.

From Davao City, Duterte to flew to Iligan City to offer a pep discuss to troopers amid their ongoing encounter with the Maute group in Marawi City.

Duterte declared martial regulation in Mindanao on May 23 due to the conflict between authorities forces and the Maute group.