MANILA - One of the 3 deadly quakes that jolted parts of Mindanao in October stopped because Pastor Apollo Quiboloy told it to end, the Kingdom of Jesus Christ chief said, asking people to thank him for doing them a favor.
Quiboloy said he was drinking coffee in Samal when he told the magnitude 6.6 quake that originated off Tulusan town to stop.
"Sabi ko, 'Lindol, huminto ka.' Huminto," Quiboloy said on the October 30 episode of "Give Us This Day," a weekly television show produced and aired by the pastor's religious sect.
(I said, "Earthquake, stop." It stopped.)
"Pasalamat kayo sa akin kasi kung hindi ko pina-stop 'yun, marami kayong magigiba diyan, mamamatay kayo," he said.
(You should be grateful to me because if I did not direct the earthquake to stop, a lot of your homes would be destroyed and you would have died.)
A lot of people could attest to his miraculous deed, Quiboloy said.
"Hindi ko sinabi ito ng walang witness ha. May witness, marami, nakapalibot sakin," he said.
(I am not saying this without a witness. There were a lot of witnesses around me.)
Quiboloy said he did not intend to divulge his miraculous deed, but had to after several viewers sent messages, casting doubt on his legitimacy as the "Appointed Son of God."
He also blamed his bashers for the series of temblors that damaged roads and infrastructure in the southern part of the country, comparing the destruction to the biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah.
God destroyed the two ancient cities after its citizens continuously sinned and refused to honor His name, according to religious scriptures.
"Bakit binabagyo at nililindol ang Mindanao? Kasi maraming bashers dito," Quiboloy said.
(Why do storms and earthquakes hit Mindanao? Because there are a lot of bashers here.)
"Tingnan mo 'yung mga lugar ng bashing, kawawa naman... Ayoko namang mapahamak ang tao pero ang judgment nanggagaling sa Diyos e," he said.
(Look at areas where there are bashers, how pitiful... I don't want to cause harm to anyone but the judgment comes from God.)
The 69-year-old pastor rose to nationwide prominence in 2016 as President Rodrigo Duterte's decades-long friend.
After winning the presidency, Quiboloy and Duterte had a spat after the chief executive refused to accept the pastor's help in selecting cabinet members.
The two men mended ties earlier this year shortly after the 2019 midterm elections.