Apollo Quiboloy

FAST FACTS: Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the ‘Appointed Son of God’?

Jodesz Gavilan

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FAST FACTS: Who is Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, the ‘Appointed Son of God’?
(2nd UPDATE) Doomsday preacher Apollo Quiboloy is part of the US FBI's most wanted list for sex trafficking of children and promotional money laundering, among others

(Editor’s note: This story was first published on February 15, 2018. We are republishing it in line with recent developments related to Apollo Quiboloy and his church the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. We are also correcting a previous typographical error on Felina Salinas’ name, as well as adding information about Jose Maria College.)

MANILA, Philippines – Doomsday preacher Apollo Quiboloy and several of his associates fromthe Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC) are now under intense scrutiny, with no less than the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) running after them.

Quiboloy has been on the FBI’s most wanted list since early 2022 for sex trafficking of children and promotional money laundering, among others. According to the US law enforcement agency, the pastor also forced members to “solicit donations for a bogus charity, donations that actually were used to finance church operations and the lavish lifestyle of its leaders.”

What is this lavish lifestyle? A Rappler investigation found three properties in the US and Canada estimated to be worth $6.10 million (P338 million), linked to Quiboloy and the KOJC. These are in addition to properties in Davao City. 

Aside from being a constant in the life of President Rodrigo Duterte during his stint as Davao City mayor, what else is there to know about Quiboloy?

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‘Appointed Son of God’

Born on April 25, 1950, in Davao City, Quiboloy said he was born on “the prayer mountain” to Kapampangan parents who went to Mindanao after World War II to find better jobs. After spending his formative years in Pampanga, his family went back to Mindanao, where he finished high school. 

After graduating from “Bible College” in the early 1970s, Quiboloy spent 4 years with the United Pentecostal Church, where he did evangelistic work.

In 1985, Quiboloy founded the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name. With only 15 members, he began preaching in Agdao, Davao City. The sect now claims to have 4 million followers across the country and another 2 million overseas. 

As the “Appointed Son of God,” Quiboloy now serves as a senior pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. He also oversees the operation of Sonshine Media Network International – the broadcasting network he launched in 1989 – and a string of radio stations, newspapers, and magazines.


A sprawling 8-hectare compound houses the headquarters of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, Quiboloy’s mansion, and the Jose Maria College, a school he founded and named after his parents.  

The compound’s structures were the “brainchild” of Quiboloy himself, according to the group’s website. It added that “piped-in centralized music is played all over the place, 24 hours a day.”

The pastor has been accused of landgrabbing – mostly from indigenous peoples – as a bid to expand his compound in Davao City.

In 2008, the New People’s Army (NPA) accused Quiboloy of killing K’lata-Bagobos leader Datu Domingo Diarog and his family after they refused to sell their land to the pastor. Quibology slammed the accusations as “baseless.”

In 2014, a Lumad group from Barangay Manuel Guianga decried the forceful entry of at least 40 armed men, who ordered them to leave their homes. The men allegedly were hired by Quiboloy so that he could extend his “kingdom.” 

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'LONG-TIME' FRIENDS. Rody Duterte and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy catch up at the end of Election Day in 2016 in Davao City. File photo by Manman Dejeto/Rappler

The extravagant lifestyle of Quiboloy is in contrast with the “simple” life Duterte allegedly lives. The pastor owns, among others, a 2015 Cessna Citation Sovereign Plus and a Bell 429 helicopter, which the President has refused to use.

Duterte previously admitted receiving valuable gifts from Quiboloy throughout the course of their “30-year” friendship. Among those were 3 properties in Woodridge Park, Ma-a, Davao City. 

A constant presence in Duterte’s life as Davao City mayor, Quiboloy slowly faded away when the strongman was elected president.

In fact, in May 2016, the camp of Quiboloy expressed disappointment over Duterte’s rejection of his offer to help in the selection of his Cabinet appointees despite saying that he would not interfere in matters of national interest. This came after Quiboloy predicted a landslide victory for Duterte, whom he referred to as a “sheep in wolf’s clothing.” 

The Duterte camp was quick to apologize to Quiboloy.

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Among FBI’s most wanted 

Quiboloy and two of his associates, Teresita Dandan and Helen Panilag, are part of the FBI’s most wanted list. The bureau said Quiboloy’s followers were also forced into sham marriages or asked to obtain fraudulent visas to continue soliciting donations for the church.

He is also accused of treating his “pastorals” as servers, requiring them to have sex with him, among others. This practice is allegedly referred to as “night duty.”

Several former KOJC members have come forward to share their experiences.

A Senate committee has cited him in contempt and has sought his arrest after failing to attend hearings. This move was unsuccessfully blocked by Senator Robin Padilla. On March 13, the Senate panel led by Senator Risa Hontiveros gave Quiboloy 48 hours to explain why he should not be arrested. Rappler.com

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Jodesz Gavilan

Jodesz Gavilan is a writer and researcher for Rappler and its investigative arm, Newsbreak. She covers human rights and impunity beats, producing in-depth and investigative reports particularly on the quest for justice of victims of former president Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs and war on dissent.