Rodrigo Duterte and the Appointed Son of God
by Cha Coronel Datu
“He is just an ordinary man like us, but he was called, he was chosen, he was anointed and appointed to become the Son of God in these last days to lead us back to the perfect will of the Father. He now reigns as the King of the New Creation, of the the New Heavens and the New Earth. And in this generation, he was chosen to be the Father’s dwelling place, His Temple, and His residence here on Earth, for he overcame and was completely freed and delivered from the serpent seed. Now, he is the Audible voice of the Father, who only preaches about the Will of the Father.” (http://www.apolloquiboloy.com/apollo-quiboloy-profile/)
This is Apollo C. Quiboloy, founder and leader of a church called the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name as described in his own website.He is the King’s son, his followers the citizens of the Kingdom Nation which according to a Manila Bulletin report last Feb 2016 counts six million members worldwide – four million in the Philippines and two million from various countries abroad. 
Quiboloy, in the same newspaper report, claimed to have dreamt 18 years ago that Rodrigo Duterte, his friend, will become the President of the Philippines. “Now, I can see that it is close to reality, as long as the Filipino people will give him a chance.”, he said. 
Duterte himself has mentioned the same dream in public a year earlier; in an event organized by Quiboloy in Hong Kong. In this gathering, which was part of a listening tour undertaken by Duterte prior to his declaration of candidacy, he told the 5000 strong OFW crowd that his friend Quiboloy dreamed 17 years ago that they were playing golf in Malacanang , and this the pastor apparently interpreted to mean that Duterte was going to be President.
Back in 2010, Quiboloy endorsed Gilbert Teodoro as “Father God’s Choice” for president. Prior to the announcement which was made just over a week before the elections however, he already claimed that his own deceased mother appeared to him in a dream and asked him to pray for the other candidate, then senator Manny Villar. But Noynoy Aquino’s mother Cory Aquino also reportedly appeared to him in another vision and asked him to support her son instead.
PNoy failed to attend his lavish and star-studded birthday celebration in April that year, just a few weeks before the election. Villar and Teodoro were there. There was an expectation of an announcement from Quiboloy that night identifying his choice for President but none came. Instead he reportedly went in seclusion and after three days of intense prayer at his Prayer Mountain in Barangay Tamayong, Davao City he came down and announced Father God’s choice. He must have heard the message wrong. God’s choice, as he articulated, lost the election that year.
Quiboloy’s appointment as the son of God is said to have been revealed to him from dreams and visions as well as voices he heard beginning at the age of 14. In April 13, 2005 he announced the revelation of his appointment, claiming to have been “summoned by God to complete the work of Jesus Christ and restore humanity to its original state of of grace”. 
“Now, the mission and the ministry of the Appointed Son is to become His spokesperson, His audible voice, so that He could produce more sons and daughters to come into the Kingdom of heaven on earth. He is the Father’s second coming. The rapture is taking place as he speaks today.”
The spokesperson, God’s supposed audible voice now also happens to be a multi-millionaire with very deep pockets. Founded from humble beginnings in 1985 after Quiboloy left his local Pentecostal congregation, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, the Name Above Every Name now boasts its own Sonshine Media Network that broadcasts Quiboloy’s message across the globe; reaching millions of Filipinos in Hong Kong, the Middle East, Europe and the U.S. The Wall Street Journal in a profile of the church leader in 2010 also reported that there is a Gulfstream aircraft and a helicopter for Quiboloy’s use.  (A more recent local news item indicate 3 private aircraft for Quiboloy as well as ownership of 23 radio stations in the Philippines .)
The pastor’s helicopter, of late, has also been made available for his friend, Rodrigo Duterte.
Here is a video showing the swanky helicopter when it was newly acquired:
Duterte has identified Quiboloy as one of two friends that lend him helicopters for use going to and from his various campaign sorties. He has also talked about his plan to borrow Quiboloy’s chopper for the daily commute between Davao and Malacanang if he gets elected President. 
According to Jun Ledesma of the newspaper Sun Star, the friendship between Duterte and Quiboloy goes way back to when they were both starting out in their respective fields of endeavour; Duterte was a fiscal with very few friends and Pastor Quiboloy had only seven loyal followers. 
Well, would you have a look at them both now! One is the head of his own church with a worldwide following while the other might just become the next President of the Philippines. Imagine that, a President that has no less than the supposed appointed son of God standing behind him. How can anything go wrong at all when the gods come down to make heaven on over 7000 islands of Philippine earth?
Ask the K’tala Bagobo tribe who are being driven away from their ancestral domain in a continuing land dispute with Quiboloy. The pastor is claiming legal rights to the land where they lived because according to him, he already bought it. But the tribe’s leader Jonas Diarog denied this. On August 15, 2012 , thirteen of their houses were razed to the ground in what they believe is part of an effort to drive them away from the land and make way for the expansion of Quiboloy’s prayer mountain in Sitio Kahusayan. 
In January 2014, more than 40 armed men arrived at Barangay Manuel Guianga ordering people to leave. They said “You have to leave because we are taking over, this land has been sold aready to Pastor Quiboloy”. The villagers left in fear.
Mayor Rodrigo Duterte then sent the chief of the Tugbok police to clear the area of the armed men and allow the people to return to their homes but the armed men ignored the policemen, according to the vilagers. Duterte said he “believed that the pastor had nothing to do with the armed men”.
Just about a year ago, in April 2015, Duterte once again stood by his friend and his claim of ownership of the said ancestral lands. Stressing that he is not protecting Quiboloy, he nonetheless dismissed the claims of landgrabbing made by the Kahugpungan sa Lumad (KSL) under the PASAKA or the Confederation of Indigenous People in Southern Mindanao. He also denied accusations that the pastor is maintaining his own private army. 
Years earlier, in April 2008, the K’tala Bagobo tribe’s former leader Datu Domingo Diarog was slain in the strafing of his house hy men also believed to be working for Pastor Quiboloy. Diarog’s wife, Emily has identified Greg Canada, a known aide of Quiboloy, as among those responsible for her husband’s murder in a complaint filed before the Commission on Human Rights Region XI. Canada has previously approached the tribal leader offering to buy their two hectare piece of land adjacent to Quiboloy’s Prayer Mountain which was then undergoing expansion. Diarog, according to his wfe, has received threats for refusing to sell. There were four attempts to burn down their house between March and April that year before Diarog was eventually killed. 
The New People’s Army (NPA) which the military first blamed for the attack conducted its own investigation which led them to also believe that Quiboloy and his military “protectors” were responsible for Diarog’s slaying. They claimed that Diarog “was shot at the behest of Quiboloy”. 
Quiboloy has issued a statement published in local papers denying the accusations and called them “false and baseless if not ridiculous”. Curiously, he also declared that “Mayor Duterte already dismissed the rumour as untrue”.
On his part, Duterte said he could not believe Quiboloy was capable of what the Lumad groups were accusing him of. He vouched for Quiboloy’s character, saying he has known the pastor since the 1980s and that he “has no record of violent behavior”. 
And so it was that the tough-on-crime Mayor, dubbed “The Punisher” by Time Magazine and who was just recently quoted threatening to dump all criminals in Manila Bay if he becomes President, then dutifully refrained from even making further comments pending the results of both police and NBI investigations. The case against Canada and the rest of Quiboloy’s men were eventually dismissed for lack of evidence.  Peace and order reigns.
Where is the anger? Where is the raging impatience and the pressing urgency to solve a crime and punish its perpetrators? Where are the threats and warnings of execution for those that dared disturb the peace in this part of his beloved Davao?
Meanwhile, Quiboloy’s eight hectare Prayer Mountain, now also known as The Garden of Eden Restored has been opened to the public since 2011. One only needs to secure authorization from the Jose Maria College (also owned by Quiboloy’s church) and pay the required maintenance fees to be able to enjoy the garden’s seemingly pristine and serene beauty. It was just recently featured by a tourism website as one of the “Five Philippine Retreat Houses for Cleansing Your Inner Demons”.
A slice of heaven that cost the life of a tribal chief, the homes and livelihood of an indigenous people being driven away from their ancestral land; the history and purpose of this garden is indeed a good starting point for some reflection and contemplation particularly on the implications of the brazen acts of aggression and oppresion associated with its creator, a multi-millionaire preacher that claims to be the spokesperson of God alongside the obvious lack of interest of his long-time friend and chosen candidate for the Presidency to look at his direction and consider the possbility of his involvement and guilt.
So then, would a Duterte presidency actually be anything at all like the answer to the country’s peace and order and other woes that it is being touted out to be? Will the reign of a self-appointed judge and executioner backed by “the King’s son” himself then be like the equivalent of this oasis of renewal, the Garden of Eden Restored, to a country that is being pulled apart in different directions? Will a 6 year retreat to authoritarian rule serve the same purpose of cleansing and purging the real and powerful demons that plague Philippine society, culture and politics?
Or will it be the unleashing of even worse?
“O Lord deliver us from the curse of the Fallout, O Lord deliver us from the begetting of monsters”. (Walter M. Miller)
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