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Alvarez: ‘I have no religion’

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House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez revealed on Sunday that he is not affiliated with any religion, even though he believes in God.

In a DZMM radio interview, he was asked by anchor Julius Babao, “Matanong lang, Speaker, Katoliko po kayo?”

“Hindi, Julius, wala akong relihiyon pero I really do believe in God,” Alvarez replied.

Babao repeated his question, “Wala kayong relihiyon sir?”

Alvarez said, “Wala kasi ang paniniwala ko kasi ang relihiyon kasi…dati Katoliko ako, tapos nakita ko na yung kaguluhan sa mundo doon nanggagaling. Kung walang relihiyon, pantay-pantay lang, naniniwala lang tayo lahat sa Diyos, palagay ko walang gulo.”

The Speaker cited John Lennon’s song “Imagine,” which he said made hm reflect about a world without religion.

“Imagine there’s no heaven/ It’s easy if you try/ No hell below us/ Above us only sky/ Imagine all the people living for today,” the song goes.

Alvarez is separated from his legal wife Emelita and has a new partner, Jennifer Vicencio. Last year, he claimed he is a member of the Manobo tribe, and thus entitled to multiple marriages.