Representatives of Quiboloy Named for House Inquiry

Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) founder Apollo Quiboloy
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In the ongoing Congressional hearing on alleged multiple infractions committed by Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), the legal counsels of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) and SMNI, have submitted a list of individuals who could attend the hearing on his behalf. Quiboloy has been summoned to appear and testify before the House Committee on Legislative Franchises on March 12 at 1 p.m.

In a letter dated March 8, addressed to Parañaque City 2nd District Rep. Gus Tambunting, Quiboloy’s lead counsel Ferdinand Topacio provided the names of Marlon Acobo, the current KJC executive pastor, and lawyers Eunice Ambrocio, as individuals who possess “all the information and documents” that may be required by the committee. Topacio clarified that Quiboloy has not been involved in the management and operations of SMNI since the last quarter of 2018.

Furthermore, Topacio mentioned that the Securities and Exchange Commission was duly informed of Quiboloy’s substitution by Acobo as the KJC executive pastor in a filing made on December 19, 2022. He also emphasized that Quiboloy’s title as SMNI chairman was purely honorary. Therefore, given these circumstances, Topacio stated that Quiboloy does not possess the specific details or documents that the committee may request from him.

The subpoena issued to Quiboloy states that failure to comply will lead to the committee citing him for contempt. However, former senator Leila de Lima has reminded lawmakers that they cannot exempt Quiboloy from legislative processes simply because he is their ally. De Lima emphasized the importance of equal treatment under the law, stating that senators should not exempt Quiboloy from the compulsory processes of a legislative inquiry just because he is a friend.

De Lima further highlighted the seriousness of the accusations raised against Quiboloy, including rape, abuse of minors, white slavery, and religious quackery. She also mentioned his alleged involvement as a gun-runner and money launderer for President Duterte and the Davao Death Squad. De Lima called for Quiboloy’s arrest and the disclosure of KJC’s bank accounts, citing the Anti-Money Laundering Act.

In response to the contempt ruling against Quiboloy by Sen. Risa Hontiveros, senators Cynthia Villar, Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Marcos, Christopher “Bong” Go, and Robinhood “Robin” Padilla signed a written objection. However, Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito later withdrew his signature, stating that he had initially signed the objection letter for procedural practicality.

Meanwhile, reports suggest that Quiboloy is currently hiding in Davao City, citing threats to his life and congregation.

It remains to be seen how the Congressional hearing will unfold and what further developments will arise in relation to the alleged infractions committed by SMNI and the involvement of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

Source: The Manila Times

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