Quiboloy eludes lawmen, declared a fugitive

MANILA – Controversial Pastor Apollo Quiboloy has been declared a fugitive from justice following his continued failure to face the charges filed against him as well as the warrants for his arrest.

This as  President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr.  rejected the conditions set by the embattled televangelist  for his surrender in connection with his child abuse cases.

“It seems to be a little bit tail wagging the dog na siya ang magbibigay ng kondisyon sa gobyerno doon sa kaso niya, akusado siya (that he is the one setting conditions on the government about his case, he’s the accused),” Marcos said in Bacolod City.

Nevertheless, the President assured Quiboloy that the proceedings on his case would be fair.

“We will exercise all the compassion to Pastor Quiboloy. We’ve known him for a very long time. Ang maipapangako ko, (What I can promise is that) all the proceedings will be fair,” he said.

The Department of Justice (DOJ), meanwhile,  called on Apollo Quiboloy to honor his earlier promises and face the child abuse charges against him before a Davao court “unconditionally,” even as future arrest warrants are awaiting the embattled televangelist for separate charges of trafficking before a Pasig City court.

In a statement, DOJ Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla noted that Quiboloy has repeatedly stated that charges should be filed in court, however, refuses to subject himself to the court’s jurisdiction.

“Argue your charges before the court where you remain the accused. Tell the naked truth, that way you can redeem yourself,” Remulla said, as he assured of Quiboloy’s safety

“No one is above the law, even if one occupies an important position in his religious organization. Quiboloy cannot impose any conditions. He must surrender not according to his terms but according to the terms of the law. The law applies to all, without exception.”

In an audio statement released over the weekend, Quiboloy demanded a written guarantee from the government that the United States (US) would not interfere in his cases.

Quiboloy, currently in hiding, is facing child abuse charges before the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 12.

He was also indicted in the US for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion; sex trafficking of children; and bulk cash smuggling. A federal warrant was issued for his arrest on Nov. 10, 2021.

As to Quiboloy’s claim that the US may demand his extradition once he is in the custody of Philippine authorities, Marcos said: “That’s one to take years, so I don’t think something he should worry about.”