Mindanao Times

Quiboloy denies rape, human traffickin­g raps


THE CAMP of Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy has claimed a “grand conspiracy” to pin down the religious leader.

Lawyer Israelito Torreon, Quiboloy’s legal counsel, denied the alleged rape, qualified traffickin­g in person, and child abuse cases lodged recently by a former follower at the Office of the City Prosecutor here.

On Friday, a former member accused Quiboloy and five others-- Jackielyn Roy, Cresente Canada, Pauline Canada, Ingrid Canada, and Sylvia Cemañes – of sexual abuse and forced labor.

In her affidavit, the girl said she was introduced to Quiboloy by her father, who was a member of their church, when she was 10 years old.

She said she and her sister were exploited both in forms of sexual and forced labor.

City Prosecutor Shahruddin Roberto Sencio Jr. has ordered the respondent­s to answer the complaint within 10 days.

But Torreon said they are ready to answer the complaint.

“We will show you that this is not true. Because Quiboloy is true to his mission to propagate love, the love for Jesus and we are here to cause the dismissal of the criminal cases filed against him,” Torreon said.

Torreon said the complainan­t has been threatenin­g to file cases against the religious leader following years of allegedly spreading malicious comments on her Facebook Page.

“Part of our theory that maybe she planned this a long time ago,” the lawyer added.

Torreon alleged that the complainan­t only fired back at the evangelist following the libel suit lodged against her in which the City Prosecutor of Panabo City, Davao del Norte, issued the warrant for her arrest.

“This was issued April 29, 2019. The case for libel has been going until today but her lawyer withdrew from the case,” he added.

As to the ground of libel case against the complainan­t,

Torreon narrated that a certain Jose Antonio Tan Bonifacio is spreading malicious comments against Quiboloy on Facebook.

He claimed that their camp managed to ascertain that the Bonifacio was actually the girl.

“She already surrendere­d and posted bail and the case is now on-going in the Regional Trial Court in Panabo City,” he added.

Cases filed

Torreon said the three cases filed by the complainan­t were all trumped up charges.

In her affidavit, the girl claimed that she was raped on Sept. 1, 2014 inside the Jose Maria College Compound at around 1 or 2 a.m. She was 17 years old that time and one of the scholars and singer of Quiboloy’s church.

However, Quiboloy’s camp believed that somebody was behind the girl saying the affidavit and the English was ‘astonishin­gly excellent.’

“It appeared that she is well supported and well financed. We know who they are and we are prepared for them. We will show them that Quiboloy is innocent,” Torreon said.

Similar case

In October last year, Quiboloy was also accused by a former follower of Kingdom of Jesus Christ for running a “child sex ring.”

A television news report said the allegation was made by Kristine Angeles’ counsel to defend his client in a court case where she is accused by a female church member of sexual assault.

Lawyer Grant Giventer claimed in court documents that Angeles was just one of several minors forced to have sex with the church leader.

However, Torreon denied these allegation­s, saying a rival church organizati­on helping Angeles was behind the claims.

“The new allegation that Pastor Quiboloy is involved in child sex rape, in behalf of the Kingdom, this charge is a pack of lies. This is not true,” he said, stressing that the accusation­s are vague.

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