UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly apologized to God for calling him “stupid.”

Duterte made the remarks on Tuesday, July 11 after meeting with Filipino evangelist Eddie Villanueva.

[Duterte] “Sorry, God. As in sorry, God. If God is taken in a generic term by everybody listening then that should be good.”

Duterte also took the opportunity to tell his critics not to use religion in attacking his administration and policies.

He said, “Remember there is a separation of church and state.”

On June 22, Duterte questioned the logic behind the Bible’s creation story and called God “stupid.” His remarks angered many in the Philippines, where an overwhelming majority are Roman Catholics.

Philippine Catholic bishops earlier this week called for prayers for Duterte’s remarks.