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Child abuse, qualified human trafficking raps to be filed vs. Quiboloy - DOJ chief
Child abuse, qualified human trafficking raps to be filed vs. Quiboloy - DOJ chief
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Child abuse, qualified human trafficking raps to be filed vs. Quiboloy - DOJ chief
by Ellicia Del Mundo05 March 2024
Photo courtesy: RH Boy Gonzales

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Jesus Crispin 'Boying' Remulla on Monday, March 4, announced that child abuse and qualified human trafficking cases are set to be filed against Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.

"Isasalang na ang kaso laban kay Apollo Quiboloy at sa kaniyang mga kasama for child abuse [Republic Act] 7610 at qualified trafficking. Ito ay bunga ng ating naging usapin sa mga nakaraang buwan sapagkat lagi pinag-uusapan ang isyu ng extradition at napag isip-isip ko na marahil tingnan muna natin ang ating sariling bakuran [bago] ang extradition," he told reporters in a press briefing.

Remulla said the charges which have been pending for four years, shall be filed before the Pasig and Davao City Procecutor's Offices.

According to Remulla, criminal charges must be put forward first before Quiboloy's extradition to the United States.

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The religious pastor is facing sex and labor trafficking charges in America. He has been in the US Federal Bureau of Investigation's wanted list since 2022.

"Mabuti na magkaroon din ng hustisya ang humihiling ng hustisya kasi napaka-tagal na ito nangyari," he added.

Senator Risa Hontiveros, who chairs the Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality, welcomed the DOJ's decision.

"This is a welcome first step towards the victim-survivors cry for justice, peace, and healing," she said in a statement posted on her official Facebook page.

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The senator thanked Remulla for his decisived action and those who testified and helped her team expose the truth.

"The Senate will continue with its mandate to investigate, in aid of legislation, the decades-long abuses perpetrated by Quiboloy. We will ensure that these inquiries will result in strengthened laws for our women, our children, and the most vulnerable among us," Hontiveros ended.

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