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Pastor Apollo Quiboloy wanted for sex trafficking – FBI

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The US Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued a warrant for the arrest of Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) founder and pastor Apollo Carreon Quiboloy and two other church members (FBI).

On Friday, the FBI released “Wanted” posters for Quiboloy, Teresita Tolibas Dandan, and Helen Panilag.

Quiboloy is "wanted for his alleged participation in a labor trafficking scheme that brought church members to the United States, via fraudulently obtained visas, and forced the members to solicit donations for a bogus charity, donations that actually were used to finance church operations and the lavish lifestyles of its leaders," the FBI said.
"Members who proved successful at soliciting for the church allegedly were forced to enter into sham marriages or obtain fraudulent student visas to continue soliciting in the United States year-round," it added.
"Furthermore, it is alleged that females were recruited to work as personal assistants, or 'pastorals,' for Quiboloy and that victims prepared his meals, cleaned his residences, gave him massages and were required to have sex with Quiboloy in what the pastorals called 'night duty,'" the FBI added.

Quiboloy and other church officials, including two church managers stationed in the United States, were indicted in November for allegedly conducting a sex-trafficking operation that threatened victims as young as 12 with “eternal damnation” and physical abuse.

The FBI said "Quiboloy was indicted by a federal grand jury in the United States District Court for the Central District of California, Santa Ana, California, for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion and sex trafficking of children; sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; conspiracy; and bulk cash smuggling."

On November 10, 2021, a US court issued an arrest warrant for him.

Quiboloy, on the other hand, ordered the public in November to stop “persecuting, prosecuting, and maligning” him or bear the consequences of the pandemic.

Quiboloy stated in a livestreamed address to his followers on his YouTube channel that the Omicron COVID-19 variant is the outcome of how he is being treated.

Dandan is wanted by the FBI for alleged “conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion, and sex trafficking of children; sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion; conspiracy; and promotional money laundering.”

She allegedly was part of a labor trafficking scheme wherein members of KJC were brought to the US “via fraudulently obtained visas.”

The members brought to the US were allegedly “forced to solicit donations for a bogus charity” but said funds were actually used for church operations and to finance church leaders’ lavish lifestyles.

“Dandan allegedly played a central role in recruiting female victims, including minor victims, to work as personal assistants, or ‘pastorals'” for Quiboloy.

She also allegedly determined with Quiboloy and others the “night duty” schedule of the “pastorals,” the FBI said.

Dandan was also identified by the FBI as the alleged international administrator of KJC.

Meanwhile, Panilag is wanted by the FBI for alleged conspiracy in the aforementioned alleged labor trafficking scheme.

According to the FBI, Panilag was formerly the leading church official in the United States.

She allegedly "oversaw the collection of financial data from church operations around the globe," it added.

According to the FBI, arrest warrants were issued by a US court against Dandan and Panilag in November 2021.

The FBI also stated that anyone with knowledge regarding Quiboloy, Dandan, or Panilag should contact the FBI or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

The KJC’s legal counsel stated in November that the indictment was a “vicious attempt” to bring down their leader.

“Once again, another vicious attempt to bring down Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy and some of the Kingdom leaders has been organized just recently in the United States, but The KJC, The Name Above Every Name and all its followers remain steadfast and committed to faithfully respond to its mission, its ministry and its divine calling despite all the detraction efforts made against them,” a the KJC Legal Counsel said in a statement.

Quiboloy is President Rodrigo Duterte’s buddy and spiritual adviser.

Senator Bong Go, a longstanding Duterte aide, stated in November that the President will not obstruct Quiboloy’s extradition if it is sought.

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Quiboloy, two others now wanted by FBI|GMA

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