DAVAO CITY: International televangelist Apollo Quiboloy vowed to throw his all-out support for Mayor Rodrigo Duterte if he decides to join the presidential race in 2016.
Quiboloy assured Duterte of his support and expressed confidence on the mayor’s capability to run the country.
“If he will declare, why not?” said Quiboloy, the leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name. “I saw his leadership and the way he is running Davao City is effective, something that he can be applied to the whole of the Philippines.”
Quiboloy has over 6 million followers, more than 4 million of them spread across the Philippines. The churches under his group can be found in many parts of the United States and Asia, but the biggest is found in Davao City.
Duterte and Quiboloy are known to be friends.
The pastor admitted he was trying to convince Duterte to consider the presidency. Duterte, on the other hand, has consistently denied he is interested to run in 2016.
“Yes, I am talking to him. I am trying to urge him [to run for president],” he added.
Quiboloy said 17 years ago, he had a dream about Duterte.
“He fetched me from Davao City and took me by plane to Manila to invite me to play golf with him,” Quiboloy narrated. “I was ushered to [the]Malacanang grounds to play golf. In my dream, the mayor was the president.”
The latest Social Weather Stations survey showed Duterte moving up to third place from the bottom of the list of presidential bets, just behind Vice President Jejomar Binay and Sen. Grace Poe.