Apollo Quiboloy, Wanted Filipino Televangelist, Remains in Hiding Amid Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Charges

Apollo Quiboloy, the "Appointed Son of God," is wanted in the Philippines and US for child abuse and human trafficking. Despite multiple arrest warrants, the controversial televangelist remains at large, highlighting the challenges of bringing powerful religious leaders to justice.

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Apollo Quiboloy, Wanted Filipino Televangelist, Remains in Hiding Amid Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Charges

Apollo Quiboloy, Wanted Filipino Televangelist, Remains in Hiding Amid Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Charges

Apollo Quiboloy, the founder and leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC) church, is currently wanted by authorities in the Philippines and the United States on charges of child abuse and human trafficking. Despite multiple arrest warrants, the controversial televangelist remains at large in the Philippines, with the Department of Justice (DOJ) actively pursuing his apprehension.

Quiboloy, who has proclaimed himself the "Appointed Son of God," faces a non-bailable human trafficking case in Pasig City and a case for alleged sexual and child abuse in Davao City. The DOJ has requested the Supreme Court to move the Davao City case to Metro Manila, allowing the same team of prosecutors to handle both cases efficiently. Additionally, the Philippine National Police Firearms and Explosives Office has recommended revoking Quiboloy's gun license, and the Senate has ordered his arrest for contempt after he failed to appear for a hearing on his alleged abuses.

In November 2021, Quiboloy was indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, as well as sex trafficking of children. The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has issued 'Wanted' posters for Quiboloy and two other KOJC members in relation to these charges. However, the Philippine embassy in the US has not yet received an official request for Quiboloy's extradition.

Why this matters: The case against Apollo Quiboloy highlights the ongoing struggle to bring powerful religious leaders to justice when accused of serious crimes. The international nature of the charges, involving both the Philippines and the United States, underscores the intricacy of pursuing legal action against individuals with significant influence and resources.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. has called upon Quiboloy to submit to the due process of the law, but the televangelist has refused to surrender unless the government can guarantee that the US will not intervene. Marcos dismissed Quiboloy's request, likening it to "tail-wagging the dog." As law enforcement agencies continue their search for the wanted religious leader, Quiboloy maintains his innocence in response to the accusations made against him.

Key Takeaways

  • Apollo Quiboloy, KOJC founder, wanted in PH and US for child abuse, human trafficking
  • Quiboloy faces non-bailable human trafficking case in Pasig and sex abuse case in Davao
  • US indicted Quiboloy for sex trafficking by force, fraud, coercion, and child sex trafficking
  • PH authorities actively pursuing Quiboloy's arrest, but he refuses to surrender without US guarantee
  • Case highlights challenges in bringing powerful religious leaders to justice for serious crimes