By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
DAVAO-based pastor Apollo Quiboloy on Tuesday predicted a landslide victory for the tandem of Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio in the May elections.
Quiboloy, a long-time friend and ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, declared his 100-percent support for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio during the send-off ceremony for the Davao City mayor's "Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride" caravan.
"Marami po ang nagtatanong kung sino ang susuportahan ng Kingdom of Jesus Christ, sabi ko maghintay tayo sa tamang panahon kung kailan, at ngayon na siguro ang panahon para ilahad ko sa inyo ang aming suporta. One hundred percent ako po ay sumusuporta sa UniTeam na kasama po natin ang pinakamamahal, pinalanggang mayor sa Davao City na tatakbo ngayon bilang vice president sa UniTeam BBM-Sara (A lot of people are asking which candidates the Kingdom of Jesus Christ will support. I said, let's wait for the right time. And now is the time to express our support. One hundred percent, I'm supporting the UniTeam; I'm with my beloved mayor of Davao City who is running for vice president under the UniTeam BBM-Sara)," Quiboloy said.
"Sinasabi ko na sa inyo, itong team na ito will have a landslide win sa darating na eleksyon. Ako ay nananalangin na tayong lahat ay sumama sa UniTeam (I tell you, this team will score a landslide victory in the coming elections. I am praying that we all join the UniTeam)," he added.
Duterte-Carpio is running under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (Lakas-CMD) party, while Marcos is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.
Lawyer Vic Rodriguez, spokesman for Marcos, said the tandem will hold its proclamation rally at the Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan on February 8, the official start of the campaign period for national candidates.
Quiboloy, founder of the Philippine-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ, mentioned how he supported Duterte-Carpio's father and praised their family for turning Davao into a "model city" in the Philippines.
As president, the elder Duterte had created a "template of leadership" that should be followed, he said.
Quiboloy, who has repeatedly called himself "appointed son of God," rose to national prominence just as Duterte took power.
The two allegedly had a spat after the President reportedly refused to accept the pastor's help in selecting Cabinet members.
They mended ties after the 2019 midterm elections.
The UniTeam's Senate bets are Senators Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian and Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, former Quezon City mayor Herbert Bautista, former Defense chief Gilberto "Gibo" Teodoro, Antique Rep. Loren Legarda, Sagip party-list Rep. Rodante Marcoleta and lawyer Lorenzo "Larry" Gadon, former Palace spokesman Harry Roque Jr., former senator Jose "Jinggoy" Estrada, and former Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar.
Duterte-Carpio, chairman of Lakas-CMD, thanked Quiboloy for his support and prayers during the send-off ceremony for the "Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride" national caravan from Davao City to Ilocos Norte.
She said that the caravan symbolizes patriotism and urged Filipinos to love their own country.
"We hope this will highlight our call for us to rise together. Ang ating panawagan para sa ating lahat na sama-sama tayong babangon muli. Mahalin natin ang Pilipinas," Duterte-Carpio said.
The first stop of the caravan was the Marcos Sara Duterte Alliance headquarters in Tagum City, Davao del Norte, which Duterte-Carpio inaugurated.
A Philippine flag was also installed at the location.
The caravan's second stopover was at the Nabunturan Welcome Landmark in Davao de Oro where Duterte met local leaders headed by Davao de Oro Gov. Jayvee Tyron Uy, Vice Governor Maricar Zamora, Rep. Manuel "Way Kurat" Zamora, and other officials.
Duterte-Carpio and her team met with supporters at the third stopover in Barangay Santa Maria, Trento, Agusan del Sur.