The social action arm of the Philippine Catholic Church urged Apollo Quiboloy, who claims to be “The Appointed Son of God,” to cooperate with the ongoing investigations.
Bishop Jose Colin Bagaforo, president of Caritas Philippines, said the allegations of human trafficking, sexual abuse, and other criminal activities against Quiboloy and his Church “are deeply troubling.”
“If proven true, [the allegations] represent a grave violation of human rights and fundamental dignity, especially impacting women, children, and other vulnerable individuals,” said the prelate.
Former members of Quiboloy’s Kingdom of Jesus Christ have come forward to testify at the Senate, recounting disturbing allegations of sexual abuse perpetrated by the preacher.
During a Senate inquiry held on Tuesday, January 23, the victims revealed that Quiboloy manipulated them into thinking they were making a divine sacrifice by surrendering their bodies to God.
Bishop Bagaforo challenged Quiboloy to submit himself to the investigation, “not just for the sake of transparency, but for the victims who deserve justice.”
The prelate also called on the Senate “to assert its authority and ensure a thorough and impartial investigation into these allegations.”
He emphasizes that maintaining the integrity of the rule of law and the relentless pursuit of justice necessitate holding all individuals accountable for their actions, irrespective of their position or influence.
Bishop Bagaforo praised the courage of the victims for stepping forward. “We call on the authorities to furnish them with the essential support and protection during both the investigation and legal proceedings,” he said.
The prelate urged the public to “uphold the dignity” of every human person and “ensure that no one is above the law.”