Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, a television evangelist and founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, is eager to know whether Bro. Eddie Villanueva, founder of the Jesus Is Lord church and owner of ZOE Broadcasting Network, would tolerate It’s Showtime host Vice Ganda’s “homosexual activity” on the A2Z Channel 11.
ABS-CBN struck a new deal with ZOE which allows its programs to be aired on free television, a huge comeback after a House of Representatives committee denied its bid for a 25-year franchise renewal last July.
During Quiboloy’s Give Us This Day program, a viewer asked him if an owner of a religious channel would allow Vice Ganda to express acts associated with homosexuality on television.
“Okey lang po ba na ipalabas sa TV o i-tolerate ang homosexual activity ni Vice Ganda sa isang religious TV Channel?” the viewer asked Quiboloy.
The pastor replied saying that only Villanueva can answer that question.
“Tanungin natin si Bro. Eddie Villanueva kung ano ang masasabi niya rito,” said Quiboloy.
Vice and Quiboloy had a testy exchange previously. The comedian dared Quiboloy to fix the heavy EDSA traffic and halt ABS-CBN’s FPJ’s Ang Probinsyano after the latter claimed that he was the one responsible for stopping an earthquake.
“Kasi kung lalabas diyan si Vice Ganda o ang ABS-CBN, may mga show na ganyan, ito-tolerate ba ng isang nagmamay-ari, ng isang religious leader, nagmamay-ari ng isang istasyon na papayagan ba niyang yan ay ipalabas sa kanya na parang you are espousing homosexuality which is against the faith that you are preaching?
“Sa kanya natin iyon itanong. Kung ako ang may-ari niyan, puwede kong ipaarkila pero may kasulatan na gagawin: ‘Do not promote this here.'”
“Tulad sa SMNI, mag-advertise ka, pero walang vices. Food products pwede, pero sin products, hindi pwede. Sin products, hindi pwede yan sa SMNI pero food products, okey yan o ano pa yang produkto.
“It does not go against our principle of obedience to the will of the Father,” Quiboloy explained.
He reiterated that only Villanueva has the answer to the viewer’s question.
“Kung ako yung may-ari. Hindi naman ako yung may-ari ng Channel 11, so sa kanya natin itanong.
“O, Brother Eddie, maraming nagtatanong, papayagan ho daw ba ninyo na ipalalabas ang palabas na people who are espousing homosexuality and openly?” he said.
He then told his viewers that they already know what he’d do if he were the owner of A2Z.
“Openly… this is on television promoting this. So intayin natin ang sagot ni Bro. Eddie diyan. Ako, alam n’yo na ang sagot ko,” he said.
It’s Showtime debuted on A2Z Channel 11 on October 10. Vice Ganda expressed gratitude towards Villanueva as ABS-CBN made a comeback to free television.