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Duterte channels Quiboloy: Drugs, stop!

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By Argyll Geducos

President Duterte channeled his close friend, evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, as he ordered a “stop” to the drug menace in the country Tuesday.

Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a press conference at Malacanang Palace in Manila on November 19, 2019. (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

President Rodrigo Duterte (Photo by TED ALJIBE / AFP)

Speaking during the situation briefing on the aftermath of the Taal Volcano eruption in Batangas, the President echoed Quiboloy as he discussed his drug war.

“If it’s just possible that we have enough people who have the power, really, to say ‘Just stop!’,” he said.

“I’ll say it again for the nth time: Itong mga droga (These drugs), ‘stop!’ Hindi ako si Quiboloy, ha (I’m not Quiboloy),” he added.

Duterte was referring to the remark of the self-proclaimed “Appointed Son of God” last year when Quiboloy claimed that the magnitude 6.6 earthquake that rocked Mindanao in October stopped on his orders.

“Ako’y umiinom lang ng kape. Eh, lumilindol. Sinabi ko (I was drinking coffee when the quake struck. I said), ‘Lindol, huminto ka (Earthquake, stop)!’ Huminto (It stopped),” Quiboloy had said.

In a speech in November last year, Duterte said he believed that Quiboloy stopped the deadly quake.

“I believe in Pastor Quiboloy. When he said ‘stop’, eh kung nag-stop (if it stopped), eh ‘di (then) what’s the trouble?” he said.

He added that he wished he had the same power so he can put an end to corruption.

“If I can only have that power na stop doon sa mga kurakot kasi alam mo dito ang Pilipino hindi mo talaga madala sa pakiusap (and stop the corrupt officials because they don’t respond to a soft approach),” the President said.

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