Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 1) — The tandem of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte and their senatorial line-up have secured the endorsement of megachurch leader Apollo Quiboloy, a spiritual adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte.
Quiboloy, the founder of the controversial Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC), The Name Above Every Name, said he supports their candidacy "100 percent."
He also prayed over Sara Duterte and UniTeam's two senatorial candidates, Harry Roque and Jinggoy Estrada, during the send-off ceremony for the "Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride" at the compound of Quiboloy's church in Buhangin, Davao City on Tuesday.
Quiboloy, a self-proclaimed "appointed son of God," was indicted for child sex trafficking and other charges in the United States.
Federal prosecutors in Los Angeles, California filed sex trafficking charges in late 2021 against Quiboloy and other officials of his church for allegedly coercing underaged girls and young women to have sex with him under threats of “eternal damnation.”
They also outlined KOJC’s soliciting operations, which supposedly gave rise to additional criminal conduct, including forced labor, labor trafficking, document servitude, marriage fraud, and money laundering.
KOJC's legal counsel called the indictment "another vicious attempt to bring down" Quiboloy.
Meanwhile, Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez and wife Leyte 4th District Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez also announced their formal endorsement for Marcos' presidential bid.
In a social media post, Mayor Gomez said among the presidential aspirants, Marcos was the only one who helped the city "during disasters and difficult times."
"Madaling lapitan, madaling kausapin," he added.
[Translation: Easy to approach, easy to talk to.]