Religious leaders’ support won’t be asked for Duterte bets

February 12, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte and Bong Go

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte will not solicit the support of religious groups for the senatorial candidates he has endorsed, Malacañang said yesterday .

“No. It’s not his style,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters in Malacañang.

Duterte had launched unbridled attacks against the Catholic Church which has been critical of his war on drugs and his brutal anti-criminality drive.

During the 2016 presidential elections, then Mayor Duterte was endorsed by the bloc-voting Iglesia Ni Cristo.

In December 2018, Duterte and his trusted aide Christopher “Bong” Go, who is running for senator, paid a courtesy call on the head of the influential religious group.

Go had earlier said he went there with the President to greet the INC leader Eduardo Manalo a belated happy birthday.

Manalo is Duterte’s special envoy for overseas Filipino workers’ concern.

When asked about Duterte and Go’s visit, Panelo said he didn’t know the details of the visit.

“Actually, I don’t know why he went there. It’s like hi, hello, goodbye,” he said.

The President, who served as Davao City mayor for over 22 years, is also a friend of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.