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Quiboloy aide arrested, 2 others surrender

Herbie Gomez

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Quiboloy aide arrested, 2 others surrender
(2nd UPDATE) The NBI arrests Cresente Canada, identified by former Kingdom of Jesus Christ members as Apollo Quiboloy's close aide, serving as his driver and bodyguard

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines – Authorities arrested a barangay chairman and a church associate of embattled Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC) leader Apollo Quiboloy, while two others surrendered on Wednesday, April 3.

The arrest and surrender came after the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) served a warrant issued by a Davao court against Quiboloy and five others in connection with a child abuse and sexual abuse case.

The NBI has placed under its custody three of the accused: Cresente Canada, Paulene Canada, and Sylvia Cemañes.

The NBI arrested Cresente in Barangay Tamayong. He is the barangay chairman of Tamayong where the KOJC is based.

Former KOJC members identified Cresente as Quiboloy’s close aide, serving as the preacher’s driver and bodyguard.

Paulene, former KOJC chief financial officer, and Cemañes, a coordinator, surrendered to authorities.

Authorities said the hunt for Quiboloy and two others – Jackielyn Roy and Ingrid Canada – will continue.

Roy, a lead singer in the KOJC choir, serves as one of Quiboloy’s assistants. She and Paulene also serve in the KOJC’s pastoral department.

Ingrid, the Quiboloy church administrator, Cresente, and Paulene are siblings.

Police-Southern Mindanao Director Alden Delvo, said the police were on the lookout for Quiboloy, Roy, and Ingrid.

“I believe he (Quiboloy) is still in Davao,” Brigadier General Delvo said.

He said authorities met with Quiboloy’s lawyers when they went to his known residences in Tamayong, Davao and in Samal Island, and discussed with them the possibility of the preacher’s surrender.

Delvo said, “We are hoping that in the coming days, he will come out. We are hoping that the lawyers would be able to convince their client to submit himself, since there is a lawful warrant of arrest issued against him by the court.” – with reports from Dennis Jay Santos, Rappler.com


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    I appreciate the action of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP): three down and three more. Note that the barangay chairperson of Tamayong is also Quiboloy’s driver and bodyguard. I believe that he spent more time serving Quiboloy than his barangay. Is it because Quiboloy gave him more money than he earned as barangay chairperson? Let us hope that both the NBI and PNP will finally arrest Quiboloy. By then, would Quiboloy allow himself to be handcuffed and have his mugshot taken and published on both traditional and social media? (Note: This would be devastating to the image of the “appointed” son of God.) Or would he be treated just like that person who is the son of a high-ranking DOJ official?

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Herbie Gomez

Herbie Salvosa Gomez is coordinator of Rappler’s bureau in Mindanao, where he has practiced journalism for over three decades. He writes a column called “Pastilan,” after a familiar expression in Cagayan de Oro, tackling issues in the Southern Philippines.