By Catherine S. Valente | The Manila Times
DAVAO-based pastor Apollo Quiboloy on Tuesday predicted a landslide victory for the tandem of presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and vice presidential aspirant Sara Duterte-Carpio in the upcoming national elections.
Quiboloy, a long-time friend and ally of President Rodrigo Duterte, vouched for Marcos and Duterte-Carpio during the send-off ceremony for the Davao City mayor's "Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride" caravan to boost their victory in this year's polls.
"It will be a landslide victory for Sara Duterte and Bongbong Marcos," Quiboloy said, as quoted in a statement sent by the Hugpong ng Pagbabago, the regional party founded by the Davao City mayor.
Duterte-Carpio is vying for the vice-presidential seat under the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats party while Marcos is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.
The two decided to run as a tandem, calling themselves the "UniTeam."
Quiboloy, founder of the Philippine-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ, also expressed support to the Uniteam as he prayed for the safety of every one joining the ride with Duterte-Carpio.
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.
Quiboloy, who has repeatedly called himself "appointed son of God," rose to national prominence just as Duterte took power.
The two had allegedly had a spat after the President reportedly refused to accept the pastor's help in selecting Cabinet members.
They mended ties reportedly after the 2019 midterm elections.
Recently, the Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), a broadcast company owned by Quiboloy, has been granted by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) a broadcast frequency formerly used by ABS-CBN Corp.