Senators urged: Remain steadfast in pursuit of truth, justice in Quiboloy case

MANILA. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
MANILA. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.Photo from Quiboloy's Facebook page

THE social advocacy arm of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) called on members of the Senate on Friday, March 8, 2024, to stay focused on pursuing truth and justice in the case of Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Apollo Quiboloy.

In a statement, Caritas Philippines said senators should not make it appear that the inquiry into the alleged wrongdoings of Quiboloy as an oppression of his rights is politically motivated.

"We strongly reject any insinuations that the pursuit of justice for alleged victims of human trafficking, sexual abuse, and other criminal activities constitutes ‘oppression.’ To suggest that due process somehow equates to shielding individuals from accountability, especially when facing such serious accusations, is a dangerous and frankly offensive distortion of the legal system," said Caritas Philippines.

"Caritas Philippines reiterates its call to Congress, particularly the Senate, to remain steadfast in its pursuit of truth and justice," it added.

The group said senators should simply consider the plight of the alleged victims of the religious leader in supporting calls for Quiboloy to submit himself to the Senate inquiry.

"This is not about silencing him or denying him his rights. It is about ensuring that all voices are heard and that the truth prevails," Caritas Philippines said.

It also urged senators to look beyond the personalities involved and instead focus on getting truth and ensuring justice is being served.

"It is crucial to remember that these investigations are not about personalities or political affiliations. They are about upholding the rule of law and ensuring that everyone, regardless of their status or influence, is held accountable for their actions," said Caritas Philippines.

Last Tuesday, March 5, Senator Risa Hontiveros moved to cite Quiboloy for contempt and requested the issuance of an arrest warrant after his continued refusal to attend the Senate inquiry.

MANILA. Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
Ejercito withdraws signature from letter opposing Quiboloy’s arrest

Senator Robin Padilla opposed the motion and has since gained the support of Senators Imee Marcos, Cynthia Villar, and Bong Go. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)


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