Duterte’s remarks follow a tempestuous couple of weeks with the Philippine Catholic Church that appeared to have come to a temporary end on Monday.
Duterte met with the head of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, Romulo Valles, and the two reportedly “agreed to a moratorium on statements about the Church,” according to Duterte spokesman Harry Roque.
Duterte also posted a video on the Presidential Communications Operations Office Facebook page apologizing to the Christian God directly.
A poll by the firm Social Weather Stations taken last week after Duterte’s remarks found an 11-point drop in his approval rating, giving him his worst approval rating ever.
“The people are still satisfied,” spokesman Harry Roque told reporters, adding, “Our President does not govern for the ratings.