Philippine presidential candidate Duterte courts Adventist vote by vowing to ban pork

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Duterte and the boar he shot
Duterte and the boar he shot.
MANILA, Philippines — The frontrunner in the race to become the next president of the Philippines has vowed to ban pork consumption in the Southeast Asian country in return for Seventh-day Adventist votes.

Former Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte told Adventist leaders in Manila that he would “finish off” pork eating in the Philippines just as effectively as he had terminated the taxidermied wild boar he was recently pictured with outside his home.

Although many wonder what effect the pork ban vow will have on Duterte’s poll numbers with the Philippine public as a whole, analysts predict a surge of support from Adventists, a demographic with which the candidate is already quite popular.

To potential voters that may be turned off by Duterte’s anti-pork vow, he recommended sampling vegetarian alternatives to the whole spit-roasted pig called “lechon,” a delicacy almost universally enjoyed in the Philippines. Analysts are divided as to whether his advice will be heeded.


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  1. It’s not what he says, it’s how he says it that counts. As a certain retired neurosurgeon recently declared, when questioned about some inaccurate statements by a candidate whom he has endorsed, “Show me a politician who doesn’t lie.” I hope Mr. Duterte he has a large quantity of Stripples and Wham on hand for the victory party. Those delicacies could be served from the platter beside the lechon. While his elated supporters “pig out” on the lechon, the explanation could be announced: “There are two Rodrigo Dutertes,” or “I said the pork would be finished off, and it depends on what the meaning of ‘finished off’ is,” or “I promised to ban pork, but I didn’t say for how long.”

        1. You I must inform you have taken completely out of context the meaning of the verse you cite about “not what goes in but what comes out of your mouth that matters.” Go back and read that entire chapter and you will then see that the point that Jesus was making is that a gnat or dust on yiur bowl unwashen is not a critical issue. Please read it as it emphatically elucidates that the Pharisees
          made a mountain over a mole hill regarding whether dishes were spic and span enough when eating and if they didn’t think so they called that a sin. Man-made legalism.
          It had nothing to do with the clean versus unclean flesh laws of Holy God that still exist! Context matters always.

        2. Añover


          1. Mel

            The clean/unclean animals predate the Jews. The unclean animals went into Noah’s Ark two by two; the clean animals went in fourteen ( 7 pairs) by fourteen.

    1. Go Cubs.

      The Lord said: “Their worship is a farce, for they teach man-made ideas as commands from God” (Matt. 15:9, NLT). We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus. We are not saved by friends, pastors, or a denomination.

      1. STU REDMAN

        1 Timothy 4: 1-5 Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from
        the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy;
        having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, [and commanding] to abstain
        from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and
        know the truth. For every creature of God [is] good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received
        with thanksgiving: For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.

        1. Laura N

          Well I’m vegetarian, but I respect your right as given by God. I wear clothing of mixed fabrics, yet the Isrealites were prohibited from this, I do not need to do a “cleansing” after my period, as those poor women in the Old testament did. Point is, God told the multitude, follow me, my yolk is light and easy. He was referring to the heavy legal yolk the pharisees had on the children of israel. Jesus did this intentionally to discredit the pharisees and the legal hangups they had, this and other similar rebukes were the reason he was killed by them, they hated his teachings.

  2. richard mills

    Don’t forget the Saucettes, Sausage links and my wife’s spicy Italian meata balls made with no pork or animal products whatsoever. You ain’t gonna tell the difference. I’m no politician, either. Mix in lots of Little Debbies-all flavors and I will go to the Philippines and vote for this guy. Somebody wake me when it is all over. Do I hear bells ringing in the distance? Woe iz me.

  3. Loremhee Moncal

    Whoever write this article either insanuating or hallucinating. I dont know where you get this info…. We dont practice block vote nor promote any politicians. We value FREE WILL that God has given to us. Also, we firmly believe what the Philippine Constitution 1987 Article 2 Sec 6 ” The separation of of the Church and State is INVIOLABLE….. Though, we continually spread health ministry but our VOTE IS NOT FOR SALE……

  4. John

    Pork is a dirty meat with germ that covered its meat, the germs that cannot be killed just by put on boiled water or even roasted in fire. Believe it or not its up to you..

    1. Jean

      Thats true, John! that is why God forbid us to eat that nor touch its dead flesh. God specified those clean and unclean in the book of Leviticus for us to follow because God knows what’s best for His people.

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  6. DSM

    The classification of unclean animals (scavengers) predates any existence of Jewish community or their laws. It is an issue of health which transcends beyond culture or religion. It is a health law for human beings given by God who understands His creation.

    Jesus died to cleanse people from their sins. He did not die to cleanse rats, snakes and pigs. What was unclean before Jesus’ death remains unclean after his death. They are unclean both from Biblical and scientific point of views.

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