Whose dream will win?
“Vice President Rody in my opium dreams”
Senator Miriam Santiago’s dreamland vision of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte becoming Vice President of the land may be psychedelic, but it is still a serious indictment of how important the Davao City mayor has become in the national political landscape.
The feisty Santiago has picked Duterte for her running mate in the 2016 presidential run.
“I am considering Duterte in my opium dreams,” said Santiago, whose term as Senator would end in 2016.
Santiago may have said her piece in jest, but Duterte is piling up his political stock in the run-up to the next national elections; some sectors even want him to run for President.
A movement has gathered 10 million signatures to convince Duterte to take a crack at the presidency.
Social media is awash with comments about Duterte badly needed by the country to fight corruption and crime.
His city has become a model for good governance, peace and order stability and economic development, which could be replicated throughout the country if Duterte is given a mandate to a national executive position.
He commands respect from insurgent groups like the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and the leftist National Democratic Front (NDF).
Above all, he has become a leading political figure in Mindanao.
What are the chances of Duterte becoming Vice President after the 2016 elections?
At this point in time, there is no vice presidential candidate that has surfaced as strong as Duterte.
With his ‘presidential stock’ fattened by publicity (a big bonanza in case he slides down to the No. 2 post), any major political party would love to have the Davao City Mayor as vice presidential bet to backstop its standard bearer.
Santiago-Duterte. Roxas-Duterte. Binay-Duterte. Cayetano-Duterte. Villar-Duterte.
The possibilities are inexhaustible.
The way things are going, Duterte is the man for every national party, for every politician.
The politically-astute Santiago could not be wrong in his ‘opium dreams.”
“President Duterte, if it’s God’s will”
President Rodrigo Duterte was in Malacanang. He was playing golf with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the head of the millions-strong religious congregation Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name.
Sixteen years ago in my dream, I played golf with the President of the Philippines at the Malacanang grounds. The President was Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, said Quiboloy.
Quiboloy and Duterte are bosom friends and golf mates.
The Davao City-based international televangelist pastor did not say if the dream visited him in 2000.
If it was, “sixteen years ago” in his dream meant 2016, where talks are ripe and everywhere, including, maybe, in heaven, that Duterte could be running for the presidency.
In a recent speech before thousands of his followers in Davao City, Quiboloy said Duterte will become the next president of the Philippines “if it is God’s will.”
The speech was aired by the local and international radio and television networks of the Quiboloy-owned Sonshine Media Network Inc. (SMNI).
I pray that God’s will be done. If that dream of mine is God’s will, no one can stop it not even Mayor Duterte, he told the members of his congregation gathered for the 29th anniversary of the Kingdom.
If Mayor Duterte hides, the Father will seek him and make him President of the Philippines, said Quiboloy who claims he is the “Son of God the Father.”
Quiboloy today is ranked among religious leaders with strong political influence alongside Mike Velarde of El Shaddai and Eddie Villanueva of Jesus is Lord.
Local and national candidates flock to Quiboloy to get his support during elections.
The growth of Quiboloy’s congregation is phenomenal: from a small chapel in Davao City in the 80s, it has gone international with congregations in almost all countries. Through his nedia network SMNI, Aquiboloy also has become one of the most-listened and most-heard international televangelists today.
Will Quiboloy’s dream come true? It is the dream of the Son of God the Father, so who will say it will not happen?