Duterte to friends: I decide alone

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

DAVAO CITY -- Presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday reiterated that he does not let his friends influence his decision.

Duterte issued this statement after his close friend, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy complained of being shut out from the selection of new cabinet secretaries.

Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Duterte said it is not his style to consult his friends when making certain decisions about government matters.

“My loyalty to my friends ends where my loyalty to my country [begins]. Wala 'yung usapan na we will have to... kunsultahin kita. I decide alone,” he said.

“Tanungin mo isa't isa iyan. Walang nagturo sa akin. Ako ang nag-isip. Matagal na ako sa gobyerno, alam ko na ang mga tao dito sa Pilipinas.”

Quiboloy’s spokesperson Mike Abe earlier told ABS-CBN News that Duterte might not be aware that his men had built a wall between the pastor and the incoming president.

Abe told ABS-CBN News on noon Sunday that Quiboloy has no reaction yet to Duterte’s statement. He said the pastor is currently fasting and praying.

The flamboyant leader of the Davao-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ had lent Duterte his private jet and helicopter during the campaign and vowed to lead a revolution if he was cheated.

However, there has been no communication between the two since 2 a.m. of May 10, after initial counts showed Duterte won, Abe said.

It was Abe who made Quiboloy's sentiments public. Duterte's spokesman, Peter Lavina said the apparent snub was not intentional.

(READ: Duterte aide apologizes to Quiboloy)

In an earlier interview with ABS-CBN News, Abe said Quiboloy held no grudge against Duterte and only wanted to help his long-time friend.

"Gusto naman niya talagang makatulong eh. Tutulong siya sa maayos na paghahanda ng incoming government, dahil kaibigan niya. Sabi ni pastor, kaibigan niya si mayor kaya kailangang tulungan bilang spiritual adviser," Abe said.