Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, self-proclaimed "Owner of the Universe " and "Named Son of God ", is a longtime friend and spiritual advisor to Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, with whom Pacquiao has recently been happily linked.
The popular Pacquiao plans to run for president next year and has alleged corruption in Duterte's government and criticized his comfortable relation with China . learn more
"He used this willful lie to brainwash the Filipino public ", Pacquiao told propos de Quiboloy, announcing his lawsuit seeking $ 2 million in damages.
Church leaders are very influential in elections Philippines and their endorsements can be worth a lot of votes.
Quiboloy's group Kingdom of Jesus Christ says they have at least 4 million followers in the Philippines and 2 million overseas.
Calls to Quiboloy church and posts on Facebook and the group 's web pages remained without reply. His office said he would respond on his TV show later Tuesday.
Pacquiao, a senator, heads a rival faction of the ruling political party that did not support Duterte's candidacy for vice-president in 2022. Duterte is constitutionally barred from running for a second term for president. Neil Jero reporting me Morales; Editedby Martin Petty and Alex Richardson
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