Quiboloy arrest, detention at Senate ordered

Quiboloy arrest, detention at Senate ordered

By: - Reporter / @MAgerINQ
/ 02:12 PM March 19, 2024

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Apollo Quiboloy (File photo by GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE / Phillippine Daily Inquirer)

MANILA,  Philippines — Pastor Apollo Quiboloy has been ordered arrested and detained at the Senate following his continued refusal to face the chamber’s investigation of his alleged crimes.

The Senate Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations, and Gender Equality led by Sen. Risa Hontiveros issued the order, which was signed by SenatePresident Juan Miguel Zubiri on Tuesday, March 19.


According to a one-page document released by Zubiri’s office, Quiboloy was “ordered arrested “and detained at the Office of the Sergeant-At-Arms until such time that he will appear and testify in the Committee, or otherwise purges himself of that contempt.”


“The Sergeant-At-Arms is hereby directed to carry out and implement this Order and make a return hereof within 24 hours from its enforcement,” the document further states.

In a statement, Zubiri explained that signing the arrest order against Quiboloy was “ministerial”  for him following the rules of the Senate and the rules governing inquiries in aid of legislation.

“We are signing the order to protect our committee system, to preserve the Senate’s power of inquiry with process to enforce it,”  he stressed.

“Should the witness appear during the next hearing and purge himself of contempt, there will be no need to order his arrest.”

Quiboloy arrest, detention at Senate ordered

Photo of the arrest order against alleged sex offender Apollo Quiboloy. (Photo from the Senate)

Zubiri reiterated that the purpose of the arrest order was “not to punish but to make the inquiry potent and compelling.”


Quiboloy and his Kingdom of Jesus Christ church have been the subjects of the Senate probe following allegations of sexual abuse, human trafficking, forced labor and other human rights violations.

Before ordering the arrest and detention of the sect leader, Hontiveros’ panel issued a show-cause order to Quiboloy so he could explain why he should not be arrested even after his repeated failure to appear during its public hearings.

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Zubiri maintained that the case involving Quiboloy is a “committee matter.”

“Therefore, it is the committee which should determine the sufficiency of Pastor Quiboloy’s response to the show-cause Order,” he said, noting Hontiveros “found no merit in the explanation” given by Quiboloy thorough his counsel.

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