DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 2 Aug) – Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, an international evangelist who is the founding leader and executive pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, claimed that God has chosen Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio to take over the presidency from her father, President Rodrigo R. Duterte, but the presidential daughter said she has yet to pray for wisdom if she is meant for the position.
Addressing a question from a televiewer during Give Us This Day Program that was streamed live on YouTube Friday morning, Quiboloy believed that the mayor, like her father, “is chosen for that also” as the presidency is not a position that anyone can aspire for but it’s a God-given gift.
“It is God who determines it, you don’t aspire for it. In our experiences, those who aspire for it, where are they now? But for those people who don’t aspire for it, God gave it to them,” he said.
Carpio, a guest during his program, did not directly address a question from another televiewer if she would join the 2022 presidential race but said: “Everything will be easier if it’s the plan of God.”
“Before I think about that I should ask God first if this is for me. Basin mapareho ta sa med school ug law school. Bagsak med school so balhin tag law school (Maybe this would be like med school and law school. I failed in medical school so I transferred to law school),” she said.
To avoid making a mistake, the feisty presidential daughter said she would pray for wisdom before coming up with a decision.
Carpio served as vice mayor of Davao City from 2007 to 2010, mayor from 2010 until 2013, elected mayor again in 2016 when her father ran for president, and re-elected in 2019.
Quiboloy, who is a close friend of the President, said he would pray to help Carpio prepare in the coming days, claiming that God had already shown him a glimpse of what is about to happen and that there would be “drastic changes” happening in her life in the coming years.
“I cannot elaborate but I talked to her about. But in the coming days I’m praying to God na kung yung pinakita ng Diyos sa akin yun yun (If what God has shown will happen), I will be very, very glad,” he said.
The pastor did not elaborate and vowed he would talk about it in due time.
Quiboloy said not everyone aspiring for the country’s highest position could ascend to the presidency because “I believe it is God who appoints.”
“Maybe vice president, senator, you can aspire for that. But the presidency, I believe it is God who appoints,” he said.
Quiboloy added that many netizens on social media demand the presidential daughter to follow in the footsteps of her father but “that’s what the people feel, but what God feels is more important.” (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)