Pastor Quiboloy anoints Teodoro

Pastor Quiboloy anoints Teodoro
By Jeffrey M. Tupas
Inquirer Mindanao

DAVAO CITY—The waiting is over—the “anointed one” is administration presidential candidate Gilbert Teodoro Jr.

Televangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy—who claims to be the “Appointed Son of God”—Sunday night ended speculation on whom he would endorse to his followers for president in next week’s elections.

Quiboloy’s sect, called “Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name,” claims to have four million followers in the Philippines and abroad.

“Tonight let it be known to all Filipinos that the Almighty Father has appointed the president of this nation. He is no other than Gilbert “Gibo” Teodoro,” Quiboloy told thousands of cheering followers.

Quiboloy’s endorsement had been avidly sought by all of the major presidential candidates. He made the announcement at the headquarters of the sect in Davao City.

Speaking to Quiboloy’s followers, Teodoro described the evangelist as “not just a great spiritual leader but also a man with an intense patriotism and love for the country.”

Teodoro lags far behind the Liberal Party’s Benigno Aquino III, Nacionalista Party’s Manuel Villar and Pwersa ng Masa’s Joseph Estrada in opinion surveys.

Before announcing Teodoro’s name, Quiboloy said he was “grateful and humbled by the deep trust you have bestowed upon me to be your guide in making a very crucial decision that will chart the course of our nation.”

“Eight days from now, 50 million of us Filipinos will be casting our votes. And as it is in the heart of every Filipino, we all have been asking for guidance in choosing the right leader that will lead our nation,” he said.

He added: “This night, I come before you to proclaim the country’s next president.” A little later, he announced Teodoro’s name.

Lawyer Edwin Lacierda, spokesperson of Aquino, said Quiboloy’s choice was a “disappointment” but he added there were other big groups set to endorse Aquino. With Philip Tubeza and TJ Burgonio

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