Duterte named administrator of Quiboloy group’s properties

MANILA. In this April 2022 photo, former President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his Talk to the People Address.
MANILA. In this April 2022 photo, former President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during his Talk to the People Address.PCO File

FORMER President Rodrigo Duterte has been named the administrator of the properties of Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC), which was founded by his close friend, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

This was announced on Friday, March 8, 2024, by the religious group’s media arm, Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), on X (formerly Twitter), but no further details have been provided.

“JUST IN: Former President Rodrigo Duterte is appointed as new administrator for KOJC properties,” SMNI’s post stated.

The announcement came after the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality called for the arrest of Quiboloy for his failure to attend the panel’s hearing on alleged sexual abuses and other crimes committed by the religious leader’s group.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, who chairs the committee, cited Quiboloy in contempt on March 5, 2024. At least four senators, led by Senator Robin Padilla, have disagreed with Hontiveros’ call, but the panel gave Padilla’s group and other members of the Senate who may oppose the issuance of contempt order against Quiboloy seven days to formalize the objection.

Also recently, a court in the United States ordered the unsealing of a warrant of arrest against Quiboloy.

Quiboloy said earlier that he will not submit himself to the Senate inquiry, stressing that he will only face the complaints against him through a proper court.

He also accused the US and Philippine government of plotting to eliminate him either through rendition or assassination. President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. dismissed Quiboloy’s claim.

The Department of Justice said on March 4 that charges for qualified human trafficking and child abuse will be filed against the KOJC leader. (LMY)


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