PNP still can’t find fugitive Quiboloy

Mark Ernest Villeza - The Philippine Star
PNP still can�t find fugitive Quiboloy
File photo from SMNI shows Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Apollo Quiboloy.
STAR / File

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police has yet to ascertain the whereabouts of Apollo Quiboloy, but it gave assurance that the founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ ministry is still in the country, PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said yesterday.

At a briefing in Camp Crame, Fajardo mentioned discussions with the chiefs of the Davao region and city police and highlighted continuous efforts of law enforcers in tracking down Quiboloy and other people accused along with him of trafficking and sexual abuse.

“Through his lawyers and lawyers of other accused, they continue to appeal and beg to encourage and convince Pastor Quiboloy and other accused to surrender and face their cases,” Fajardo said.

She said search efforts are not limited to Davao, with teams deployed in and outside the region to cover more ground.

Responding to questions about calls to revoke Quiboloy’s gun licenses, Fajardo explained the legal process involved.

She cited Republic Act 10591, which outlines grounds for revoking or canceling firearm licenses.

While crimes involving moral turpitude can result in the cancellation of license, Fajardo said the law requires a conviction for such offenses.

She said the Firearms and Explosives Office (FEO) is studying the case and considering possible coordination with the National Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice, which filed the charges against Quiboloy and others.

“Any court order for the revocation or cancellation of Quiboloy’s license will also be considered,” she said.

Fajardo clarified that the PNP operates within the bounds of the law, specifically Section 39 of RA 10591, which outlines the provisions for license revocation.

She said that without legal basis, the PNP could not take action beyond what is stipulated under the law.

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