Marcos, FL want me dead – Quiboloy

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Marcos, FL want  me dead � Quiboloy
Senado, Kamara ipina-subpoena na si Pastor Quiboloy Facebook photo shows evangelist Apollo Quiboloy waving from his Cessna Citation Sovereign jet, which landed at his compound in Davao City on March 19, 2018.
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MANILA, Philippines —  Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy yesterday accused President Marcos and First Lady Liza Araneta-Marcos of allegedly colluding with the United States to assassinate him, saying that at least $2 million was offered to kill him.

“I have been handed over to the hands of these foreigners by our own government, by President Marcos and First Lady Araneta-Marcos. Don’t deny it – if what I am saying is true, accept it; if not, correct me. My life is in danger now. I can’t even show my face because my life is in danger, because I have been handed over to the Americans, and they will do whatever they want to do to me in my own country,” Quiboloy said in a taped voice message aired on Facebook.

The religious leader, who claims to be the appointed son of God, added that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would no longer use the extradition treaty between the US and the Philippines amid various charges against him in the US.

Classified as Most Wanted by the FBI, he was indicted for conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud and coercion; sex trafficking of children and conspiracy and bulk cash smuggling.

“We have learned at this moment from reliable sources. They allegedly no longer want the extradition treaty. What they plan to do, according to the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), FBI, US embassy, state department, in collusion with the government of President Marcos and the First Lady and whoever else in the government, is rendition,” Quiboloy said.

He added that under the alleged plan, US operatives would enter his compound anytime and kidnap him.

“It’s not only rendition, but also elimination, if possible. They can assassinate me. Those are the two options, kidnapping or assassination. It is really killing, murder. That’s the news that has reached me now from reliable sources,” he said.

The evangelist said that since 2018, he has no longer felt at ease in his own country.

“We have lost our freedom because we are under surveillance here. I am under surveillance in the Philippines by the CIA and FBI. In my own country, I am hiding because they can just pick me up like that without going through an extradition process,” he added.

Quiboloy said his 11 compounds in Davao City are under surveillance day and night by drones.

“We cannot sleep. We cannot rest. Perhaps what they did to us in 2020 in America, where they suddenly entered, broke down doors, destroyed all our homes inside, threw everything out, they will do the same in our country, in my compounds,” he added.

Quiboloy said there are alleged attempts to plant bombs, guns and drugs in his compounds.

“This is how evil they think right now. They are very desperate and I know why,” he added.

Quiboloy noted that he supported the candidacies of Marcos and Speaker Martin Romualdez.

Quiboloy also reiterated his challenge to Sen. Risa Hontiveros and lawmakers to charge him in court amid the ongoing separate investigations being conducted in the Senate and the House of Representatives.

“It is not my fault that I am friends with politicians like (former) president Duterte, Vice President Sara (Duterte). We are all from Davao. We all grew up there. I know them,” Quiboloy said.

“Now, I am being persecuted, I am being pressured. To drag the Dutertes is a meaningless investigation that they are pursuing. I challenge you to go to court. You don’t want to, you, Risa Hontiveros, you and the three of you in the Congress who are all leftists. I am challenging you to go to court because SMNI has no violation, but because you dragged us into politics,” he added.

The Senate has officially issued a subpoena against Quiboloy after his failure to show up at two hearings that aimed to uncover the details of the sexual abuse and forced labor charges against him and his church members.

“I will not let them arrest me because I’m sure that they will kill me. I am 73 years old already, turning 74 years. I have gone through all the administrations,” he said.

‘I did not flee US'

Now in hiding and afraid that he will be assassinated by operatives of the CIA and FBI, Quiboloy claimed that he did not flee from the cases slapped against him in the US, but was already back in the Philippines when they were filed.

“I was charged with a sealed indictment, I did not go back there, but I was already here in the Philippines, so I did not escape,” he said.

He added that he is waiting for an extradition request to be filed so he can exercise his constitutional rights in fighting it.

“My lawyers here in the Philippines and in America have been waiting for that. We have been waiting for the request of the US embassy to the Department of Foreign Affairs, but it did not arrive,” he added.

The evangelist said that since 2018, he knew that the US has been planning something against him.

He did not know what the plan is since he is waiting for the extradition request.

It is not only his life that is now in danger, but also the lives of his leaders, according to Quiboloy.

“All my leaders are now also included in the elimination. My board of administrators, senior leaders, all of them can be killed now. And afterwards, we don’t know their plans for all our properties in the Kingdom Nation,” he said.

Quiboloy also lamented that his constitutional rights have disappeared.

“I no longer have my constitutional rights. We are always in hiding. We always have to watch our backs because somebody is going after us,” he said.

Quiboloy also claimed that all charges against him are false.

“I am being hurt in every way possible by false accusations, false allegations, that they don’t want to take to court and they also don’t want to reveal these false accusers for what they’re doing to destroy my reputation, to drag the Duterte family in meaningless investigations that they are pursuing,” he said.

The religious leader also alleged that a search warrant has already been issued that would allow authorities to search the group’s compounds, but they would not allow any witnesses to be present when they do it.

“They will still do something because they supposedly have a search warrant. Our reliable source told us they will plant bombs, guns and drugs in our compounds,” he said.

“We will watch out for that. I am already telling you this … so that if ever that happens, because we don’t have those, they are the ones behind it,” he alleged.

Quiboloy also warned that while they are not violent, they will resist any authorities who will try to implement a search warrant without any witness present.

Senators defend Quiboloy

Sen. Robinhood Padilla de- fended the character of Duterte’sspiritual adviser, saying Quiboloy did not ask favors from him when he was an actor and now senator.

“When I ran for senator and asked for help from the pastor, the pastor did not ask for money from me,” Padilla said during the Senate hearing last Monday.

“If the witnesses have the right to testify against him, I can also freely speak about how the church did not ask money from me – not even

once,” he added.

Sen. Imee Marcos on Friday also lamented that the Senate investi- gation has become a “bashing” of Quiboloy and his television network Sonshine Media Network Inc.  – Diana Lhyd Suelto, Marc Jayson Cayabyab

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