Quiboloy’s Allegations: OFWs Seek Answers

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Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros has raised concerns about the allegations against Apollo Quiboloy, the leader of the religious group Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC), who is currently facing charges of rape, human trafficking, sexual violence, and child abuse. Hontiveros believes that Quiboloy should also be held accountable for the allegations made by overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who claim to have been forced to donate a significant portion of their salaries to the religious group.

During a hearing held by the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality, Senator Hontiveros presented the case of Reynita Fernandez, an OFW based in Singapore, who shared her experience of being pressured and harassed into giving 90 percent of her salary to Quiboloy’s Kingdom. Hontiveros expressed her concern for the welfare of OFWs and their families, emphasizing that while OFWs are hailed as modern-day heroes, they are often vulnerable to exploitation and fraud.

“Our OFWs work tirelessly, sacrificing their time and being away from their families. However, their hard-earned money is being taken away from them by unscrupulous individuals like Quiboloy and his Kingdom,” Hontiveros stated. “It is our responsibility to protect our countrymen from such fraudulent schemes. I urge my fellow senators to join me in seeking justice for our OFWs.”

Hontiveros has taken action against Quiboloy by citing him for contempt for ignoring the subpoena issued by her panel. However, Quiboloy’s counsel has argued that his client refuses to honor the summons in order to protect his right against self-incrimination.

“While the right against self-incrimination is indeed important, it should be invoked by a witness present and on a per-question basis. The Supreme Court has settled this matter, which means that Quiboloy should still appear before the Senate. He is facing serious allegations, including rape, human trafficking, sexual violence, and child abuse, yet he has chosen to evade accountability. Why is he hiding? What is he afraid of?” Hontiveros questioned.

The senator further highlighted that more victim-survivors have come forward to share their harrowing experiences as members of KOJC. She called on her colleagues in the Senate to listen to these victim-survivors and take their testimonies into serious consideration.

It is crucial to address the allegations made by OFWs against Quiboloy and his religious group. The exploitation of vulnerable individuals, especially those working abroad, is a grave concern that requires immediate action. By shedding light on these issues and demanding justice, Senator Hontiveros aims to protect the rights and well-being of OFWs and their families.

Source: The Manila Times

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