Duterte leaves religion for mayoral duties; sees Roxas as 'useless'

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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.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte met with Filipino-Chinese businessmen and said support from any group was welcome.

He also told businessmen that security and peace would be to boosting the economy — and vowed to lick criminality, illegal drugs and corruption within three to six months should he become president.

Obviously not fond of Roxas

The Davao city chief executive also commented on the presidential run of Manuel "Mar" Roxas II — saying he was so desperate to win and yet so incompetent.

"I have never seen a Filipino in quest for the presidency na pinakainutil (inutile)," Duterte said.

Related: Roxas ready to be slapped if Duterte allegations are proven true

Duterte said Roxas had accomplished nothing throughout his political career and government service under the different administrations that he had worked for.

Not fond of Duterte either

Earlier in the day, Roxas also took potshots at Duterte's ironclad stance against hoodlums.

"Bumenta na yang siga-siga na yan di ba?" Roxas told reporters. "Bakit, wala bang drugs sa Davao ngayon, wala bang krimen sa Davao ngayon?"

[Translation: "Being a toughie has gotten old. Are there no criminals and illegal drugs in Davao City?"]

Related: Roxas dares Duterte to a fistfight instead of a slapping match

Roxas had previously said that the supposed peaceful image of Davao City was a "myth" — sparking a word war that began with a challenge to a slap fest, graduated to an invitation to a fistfight, and eventually ending up as a dare for a shootout.

Related: Duterte dares Roxas: Let's have a gun duel

CNN Philippines' Ina Andolong contributed to this report.