'Quiboloy's endorsement nothing but homage politics'

‘Quiboloy’s endorsement nothing but homage politics’
The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines – Ang Kapatiran Party standard-bearer JC de los Reyes believes the endorsement of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of Kingdom of Jesus Christ the Name Above Every Name congregation will not deliver votes on election day.

Speaking to reporters, De los Reyes described as “homage politics” Quiboloy’s endorsement of Lakas-Kampi-CMD standard-bearer Gilbert Teodoro Jr. and Liberal Party vice-presidential candidate Sen. Manuel Roxas II.

“It’s a transaction endorsement unknown to the followers or the flock of the church,” he said.

However, Reyes said the matrix released by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines showing him leading other presidential candidates was not an endorsement but a guide for voters.

“I was not endorsed by the CBCP but my advocacies jibe with the Church criteria for the next leader in the country,” he said.

Reyes said the CBCP matrix aims to guide Catholics on current issues affecting their daily lives.

“The CBCB matrix empowers and is transparent, while Quiboloy’s endorsement is paternalistic spoon-feeding and smacks of transactional politics,” he said.

De los Reyes topped the CBCP survey because most of his positions on issues matched with the “perspective” of the Catholic Church.

He was followed by independent candidates Nicanor Perlas, Ana Jamby Madrigal and Bro. Eddie Villanueva of Bangon Pilipinas Party.

Entitled “Matrix of Presidentiables on Key Issues,” the survey was published this week in the CBCP Monitor, the official publication of the CBCP’s Media Office.

The candidates were judged based on their positions on issues like reproductive health, death penalty, gun ban in public places except for law enforcers, political dynasties, transparency in government transactions and pork barrel.

From the overall tally Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manuel Villar Jr. ranked fifth followed by Liberal Party presidential candidates Sen. Benigno Aquino III, Sen. Richard Gordon of Bagumbayan Party, Teodoro and former President Joseph Estrada of Pwersa ng Masang Pilipino.

Monsignor Pedro Quitorio, CBCP media director, said the information in the matrix was not meant to endorse any candidate but to “educate” the voters.

“So that people may know the positions of the candidates on issues like mining, human rights, and many others,” he said.

“It’s up to the voters now. Whether they are for or against RH bill, for example, they will have to take a serious decision.”

Quitorio said information in the matrix was culled from the candidates’ responses to letters, media interviews and from their interventions in the legislature.

Gordon: Teodoro sought endorsement

DUMAGUETE CITY –Bagumbayan presidential candidate Sen. Richard Gordon downplayed yesterday Quiboloy’s endorsement of Teodoro.

“I expected that,” he said.

“Gibo worked for that because he returned there repeatedly. And of course the pastor’s decision may have been affected by his being a townmate of the President.”

Speaking at a barangay in Bayawan City, Gordon said unlike Teodoro, who actively sought Quiboloy’s endorsement, he merely went to the pastor to show his respect.

“Hindi ko yun (endorsement) hinahanap (I’m not looking for that),” he said.

“The pastor is only human and so he may have been influenced. But I wouldn’t go out of my way for such an endorsement.”

Liberal Party standard-bearer Benigno Aquino III sees Quiboloy’s endorsement of Teodoro as “part of democracy.” – Perseus Echeminada, Mike Frialde, Delon Porcalla

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