Was ACQ right all along?-A A +A
By Jun Ledesma
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
PASTOR Apollo C. Quiboloy announcement of his preference for presidential and bets in :the 2010 elections was awaited with bated breath. This was not much of a surprise because ACQ can account for about 6-million votes, assuming they all participate in the polls. Even with half of that, it can swing a decisive number of votes and can make a candidate win. Remember that in the Gloria Macapagal Arroyo vs Fernando Poe Jr. race, the former snatched the Presidential derby from the action star, although this was later contested. Only the untimely demise of *FPJ quickly quieted down the controversy albeit “Hello Garci” haunted GMA all the way to her hospital detention.
The ACQ command votes therefore were indubitably significant.
When the reckoning finally came, Pastor Apollo declared that his choice was Gibo Teodoro. Gibo who is a not-so-distant cousin of the more popular Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III or P-noy was up against other candidates among them Manny Villar, Erap Estrada and Dick Gordon. Dick was “action agad”, Erap ay para sa masa, Villar was known for his “sipag at tiyaga”, Gibo was peddled for his “dunong” while Noynoy has “ama at ina”. Noynoy was pushed into the presidential derby following the emotional atmosphere brought about by the death of his mother Cory, the icon of democracy. Mar Roxas who was eyeing the presidency had to make a supreme sacrifice and slid down as LP’s vice presidential bet.
Noynoy dwarfed every front-running candidates no sweat. Despite the obvious popularity attested by series of straw polls results, Pastor Apollo made his announcement and unequivocally declared that Gibo Teodoro is his informed choice for the crucial presidential race. ACQ never vacillated. While it should matter much for his the Kingdom citizens of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name if he went along with the popular choice (which is Noynoy), the pastor was steadfast with his decision.
As expected Noynoy won by a huge majority while Gibo was trounced. In his TV next appearance shortly after the results of the elections was made, ACQ never turned his back on Gibo. He reaffirmed his support for Gibo and humbly accepted that P-noy was the peoples’ choice. In the same program ACQ implored that since the people had spoken, everyone should rally behind President-elect Pnoy.
I have not spoken to Pastor Apollo for quite some time now, but it dawned on me that after all he must be right in choosing Gibo. Of course this makes me sound silly and speculative. But I have* drawn some scenarios. Had Gibo won, GMA may have been free as a bird and enjoying her new citizenship in Cayman Island. Renato Corona would still be the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. No congressmen will be getting more than P70 million in Pork Barrel, and no senators will be getting more than P200 million each for PDAF. Both the Senate and the House would have been in a healthy adversarial relations with the executive department and no senators or representatives will have a price or rewards for their votes. Jenette Napoles will not have a special treatment from Malacanang and she would have been charged and already tried for bribing lawmakers and some functionaries in Malacanang.
In short, the check and balance in the three branches of the government would still be strong. This is strictly personal, but then again, I could be wrong for today there is apparently check and balance in full force. He or she who are obedient to Malacanang will not only receive checks from PDAF but also from the DAP goldmine while those who are unmanageable may just have to contend themselves hoping their balances will be replenished.
One thing is getting to be right. ACQ’s informed choice.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 22, 2013.