In an apparent attempt to disprove allegations that he has hidden wealth, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said his longtime friend, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, gave him pieces of property and vehicles.
Quiboloy is the founding leader and executive pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, which was founded in Davao City in 1985.
In an interview during Quiboloy’s television show Monday night, Duterte admitted receiving valuable gifts from the pastor throughout the course of their “30-year” friendship.
“Noong mayor ako, binili ni Pastor, tatlong [property]…Sabi niya, bilhan ko mga anak mo kasi pag nadisgrasya ka sa trabaho mo, namatay ka [When I was mayor, Pastor bought three properties. He said I’ll buy [property]your children in case you die from doing your job],” Duterte said.
The mayor said one of the assets Quiboloy gave him is in Woodridge Subdivision in Ma-a, Davao City but he did not accept it.
“It”s there. Go to Woodridge, who bought it? It’s Pastor who paid,” he added.
Quiboloy also bought a property in Royal Pines Subdivision in Matina, Davao City for Duterte.
“Iyong sa Royal Pines, akala nila binili ko. Sabi ko tignan mo sino nagbili niyan. Si Pastor,” Duterte said.
Duterte’s 2014 Statement of Assets, Liabilities and Net worth (SALN) indicated that he acquired two residential properties in Maa in 1997 and 1999 and three in Matina purchased in 1998, 2005 and 2007.
Duterte said the wealthy pastor also gave him two vehicles, a Nissan Safari and Ford Expedition.
The mayor said he did not accept the Expedition but his daughter, Sara, wanted to keep it.
“Binalik ko. Tapos ito si Inday nagwala kasi gusto niya. Eh saan ka magkuha ng pang-gasolina? Para kang buang diyan [I returned it. But Inday got mad because she wanted it. Where will you get money for gasoline? You’re crazy],” Duterte said.
He added that Quiboloy also offered his plane for Duterte to use during the campaign period but the mayor declined, saying he will borrow it if he becomes President so that he can go home to Davao City every night.
“Pastor is here. I don’t have to embezzle funds. I can ask Pastor,” Duterte said.
But the mayor sees nothing wrong with Quiboloy’s generosity.
“He donates it in the name of God, para makatrabaho ako, para wala akong takot [so I can work, so I have no fear],” he said.
CATHERINE s. VALENTE