WITH the stewards of government saying that President Rodrigo Duterte cannot just come and go using the airplanes and helicopters of good friend pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the executive pastor of the Davao-based international Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name (KJC), then Pastor has instead started a nationwide prayer movement.
“As I said, now he won and my dream had a fulfillment, the second is we pray for his success,” Quiboloy said in an interview at his reception area in the KJC hangar in Catitipan, Davao City, last June 16.
He described this as a nationwide prayer movement for moral and spiritual transformation and prayer for Duterte. “It’s really prayer for the country for our leadership, the mayor, that god will protect him, that god will give him sound mind and healthy body to fulfill his mandate,” he said.
As a long-time friend, just like his other friends, Quiboloy said, he can only step back to allow Duterte to fulfill his mandate as the President of the Philippines.
“That is one of the things we have to adjust that all of sudden he is not our mayor anymore, he is not the mayor that used to go to us freely,” he added.
Pastor Quiboloy said that he and Duterte came to know each other when he only had 15 members in his young congregation 31 years ago. His prayer house then was still along Villamor Street in Agdao and Duterte was still a prosecutor.
Somewhere behind the prayer house, he said, was a small gun repair shop that Duterte frequented. Whenever Duterte went to the gun repair shop, they would exchange pleasantries. Later on, he would learn that the prosecutor that frequented their place was already an appointed vice mayor. When Duterte first ran as mayor in 1988, he went to Pastor to seek his support.
By then, the congregation had already grown from the original 15 to almost a thousand and they were already holding their fellowship at the old Y gym along Sta. Ana Avenue across what used to be the Davao Central High School (now the Davao Chong Hua High School).
“That was when I really came to know him because he campaigned to our congregation and we decided to support him from then on,” he said. I told him, “Mayor, you don’t have to campaign to us because we decided to support you.”
It was 18 years ago when Pastor had a dream where he was invited by the mayor to join him in a game of golf. In that dream, he said, “I was fetched by a chopper, I landed I don’t know where, I did not know it was Malacañang grounds pala. We were to play golf and I was holding this club and I was looking at him while talking to someone, to whom I said, ‘What happened here, this is just the mayor of Davao city, how come that he is already president of the Philippines?’” He told this to Duterte who only laughed it off because it was not in the mayor’s thoughts that he would eventually become the President.
For years after that, Duterte has been saying that he is not qualified for a national position simply because he is not aspiring for any. Pastor said that he is used to dreaming and that these dreams are his guide.
“It’s actually God who gives you the revelations through dreams because He said if there is a prophet among you, I will talk to him in dreams and visions. So that is how God reveals his message to me even in those five years in Tamayong, that’s why I received the message,” he said.
Before he started his congregation, Pastor went on an exile to Tamayong for five years and then in sitio Kitbog in the foothills of Mt. Matutum in South Cotabato for one year. That was when he received his calling, he said.
Now he leads a congregation that has reach around 6-million all over the world, including Canada, the US, and several European countries. With Duterte now mandated to lead the whole Philippines, he said, friends will just have to adjust.
“We just have to step back a little bit and then watch from the sides,” Pastor Quiboloy said. Prompted to go into the detail of the prayer movement he is leading, Pastor said, “It’s really a prayer for the country, for our leadership, the mayor, that God will protect him, that God will give him sound mind and healthy body to fulfill his mandate,” he said.