What happens when the ‘Son of God’ battles it out with the Speaker of the House of Representatives?
From Pastor Apollo Quiboloy: Lots of verbal fireworks spewing out on radio sets and worldwide television.
From Speaker Prospero Nograles: Silence
Pastor Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ went ballistic over the week-end, slamming Speaker Nograles for reportedly having instigated publication of news reports saying he was a flying voter.
In the Give Us This Day program simultaneously aired Monday in the Davao City-based Sonshine Radio and cable TV KBN/ACQ, which is beamed worldwide. Pastor Quiboloy said lawyer Manila-based Howard Calleja could be under the baton of the Speaker when he revealed there were 40,000 double-registrants in the Comelec list of voters in Davao City and Davao del Sur.
Calleja has named Pastor Quiboloy, Vice Mayor Sara Duterte and brother Sebastian Duterte as among the list unearthed by the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV). Calleja counsels for the Catholic Church-backed poll watchdog.
The verbal scuds of Pastor Quiboloy, who proclaims himself as the “appointed Son of God,” follows verbal missiles fired at Calleja by Vice Mayor Inday Sara Duterte last week that Calleja has been using PPRCV as a launching pad in a smear campaign against her and her father Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Inday Sara, interviewed by anchorman Leo Villareal over Sonshine Radio’s Inday Para sa Barangay radio program said Calleja is known as a lapdog of Speaker Prospero Nograles, her rival in the mayoral contest in May.
She said Calleja is doing the hatchet job, using PPCRV and the Comelec, for Speaker Nograles to support his application for commissioner at the Comelec or as a justice.
Inday Sara said she knew for a fact that Speaker Nograles has close links to Calleja, who was her husband lawyer Mans’ boss in the Calleja-Saulog law office before they got married.
The Comelec in Davao City said Calleja used basis for his expose raw data on the 2003 general registration of voters.
In his tirade against the PPRCV lawyer, Pastor Quiboloy said PPRCV should fire out Calleja for politicking.
He has tainted the credibility of the PPRCV, he said.
The Hugpong sa Tawong Lungsod, the party of Mayor Duterte, earlier suggested that Davao Archbishop Fernando Capalla should look into the activities of Calleja and disown him and his statement for his so-called expose found as tainted with the color of politics.
Capalla chairs the local PPCRV, a national parish-based political but non-partisan lay movement established in 1991 which has earned the respect of both civil society and ecclesiastical bodies in its initiatives of transforming the electoral culture of the country.
Zeroing in on Calleja, Pastor Quiboloy said the lawyer could be after him because he is a friend of Mayor Duterte. He denied he is a flying voter.
Last week, a series of news reports appeared in the Manila newspaper Daily Tribune and the Davao City-based Mindanao Insider Daily quoting Calleja saying some 40,000 voters had been entered as “double, multiple, or dead registrants” for the May 10 elections.
Calleja said the anomalous listing of the Comelec had the names of Inday Sara, brother Sebastian Duterte and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, a confidante of Mayor Duterte.
The lawyer said the double registration is a malicious effort to manipulate the election results.
The Comelec in Davao City however shot down Calleja’s claim saying Calleja used a raw Comelec list in the 2003 general voters’ registration as basis for his claim that the voters list had been impregnated with flying voters.
Maria Febes Barlaan, city election supervisor, said a computer glitch had led to double entries in the 2003 registration which had been corrected by Comelec. She deplored that the Comelec list with names of the purge voters she provided to PPRCV had been used in media as alleged proof of double registration.