• Pastor Quiboloy belied reports that he is holding a grudge against Duterte
• The pastor’s spokesman told reporters that somebody in Duterte’s camp is blocking Quiboloy from communicating with the incoming president
• Quiboloy said he continues to pray for Duterte and the country

Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, the founder of homegrown Christian sect Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name, denied reports that he is holding a grudge against the presumptive new leader of the country, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Pastor Quiboloy held a press conference to make it clear that he harbors no ill feelings against his longtime friend.

In a video shared by ABS-CBN on its YouTube channel, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ pastor said: “Gusto ko lang i-clarify ‘yung mga bagay na lumitaw sa news. Number one is ‘yung ako raw ay nagtampo. Hindi po dapat iyun ang word kasi hindi po ako nagtatampo kay mayor.”

[I just want to clarify some things that appeared in the news. Number one is that I  allegedly hold a grudge (against Duterte). That shouldn’t be the word (grudge) because I do not have a grudge against the mayor.]

Quiboloy’s spokesman, Mike Abe, earlier told media that the pastor was hurt after he was not included in the selection team that will vet the qualifications of nominees for the incoming president’s Cabinet.

“Pastor Quiboloy is not interested in a quid pro quo but he wants to be included in the selection process, to have a voice in the process, but he will not make any recommendations in terms of accepting or rejecting a nominee. What he wants is to take part in vetting the qualifications of a nominee, to help in double-checking their backgrounds, especially for the sensitive positions,” Abe said.

Abe claimed that somebody from Duterte’s camp is easing out the pastor from the presumptive president’s core group.

Pastor Quiboloy admitted that it has been several days since he last talked to Duterte, but said he understands the mayor’s busy schedule.

The pastor said he continues to pray for his friend and for the country.

When asked about the reported rift between him and the pastor, Duterte replied that his loyalty to his friends ends where his loyalty to the country begins.