Apollo Quiboloy’s spokesperson Atty. Israelito Torreon denied the alleged detention of the religious leader.
MANILA, Philippines — The camp of staunch Duterte supporter Apollo Quiboloy has broken its silence on reports of the alleged detention of the Davao-City based religious leader in Hawaii on Thursday.
His lawyer Atty. Israelito Torreon denied the report.
Torreon insisted that his client was not charged and in fact, was able to immediately return to the Philippines.
“First and foremost I just want to clarify that Pastor Apollo Quiboloy was not charged nor was he detained, nor was he deported. It was a simple case of clarification and he was able to clarify everything that is why he is now in the country,” said the spokesperson.
Torreon noted that there was a close interval between the alleged detention of Quiboloy and his flight back to the Philippines.
The lawyer of the religious leader explained that there is a long legal process especially when an individual was arrested abroad.
Torreon, however, refused to provide further details on the confiscation of a huge amount of cash and firearms parts inside the private jet of Quiboloy.
He said their American counterparts will be the one to handle the matter.
“Our official comment is that all of these things allegedly happened in US soil, so it is useless on my part to comment on this because I have no personal knowledge, I am based in Davao City. It is useless for me to speak on anything that I have no personal knowledge of,” said Torreon.
He confirmed that US citizen Felicia Salinas is a member of the church organization of Quiboloy.
When asked why American authorities prevented Quiboloy’s private plane from leaving US soil, which prompted the religious leader to take a commercial flight, Atty. Torreon claimed it was just a speculation.
“We cannot say for certain. What if Pastor Quiboloy just decided, ‘I will go on a commercial plane because this matter is troubling me, then I will go on a commercial’ everything is possible,” said the spokesperson.
The Hawaii News Now.com reported on Thursday that federal agents prevented the private plane of the religious leader from taking off after discovering $350,000 cash and parts of firearms inside his jet. — Joan Nano| UNTV News & Rescue
Apollo Quiboloy detained in Hawaii for alleged possession of gun parts, $350K cash
Plane owned by Apollo Quiboloy
MANILA, Philippines — Federal agents temporarily detained Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy after discovering $350,000 cash in his private plane.
Authorities found cash slipped inside socks placed in a suitcase.
Several parts of firearms were also reportedly found on the aircraft.
A certain Felina Salinas, who was with Quiboloy on the plane, claimed ownership of the money.
Authorities arrested Salinas and is now facing charges of bulk cash smuggling.
She was released after posting $25,000 bail.
The plane was supposed to depart for Manila when authorities boarded it.
The leader of the said religious group has no statement yet regarding the matter. — UNTV News & Rescue
Passenger jet lands in Hawaii after engine covering rips apart
The plane with engine problems is seen on the tarmac in Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S., February 13, 2018 in this picture obtained from social media. Mariah Amerine/via REUTERS
Passengers on board United Airlines Flight from San Francisco to Honolulu had a scary trip over the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday.
This, after the casing around one of the engines, ripped apart, officials said.
Video shared with Reuters showed passengers chanting “brace” while in the bracing position when Flight UA1175 made its emergency landing.
Passengers burst into applause at the successful landing.
The plane carrying more than 370 people on board including crew members, landed without incident at Honolulu International Airport.
The pilots of United Flight 1175 declared an emergency due to a vibration in the right engine before the plane landed safely, according to the Federal Aviation Administration in an email.
The FAA will investigate the incident. — Reuters
Duterte, Trump to hold bilateral meeting in November
MANILA, Philippines — The much-awaited visit of U.S. President Donald Trump to the Philippines is set to happen this November for the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations on the 12th and the ASEAN-US Summit on the 13th where he is expected to have a bilateral meeting with President Rodrigo Duterte.
“Between the President [Duterte] and President Trump, we’ve been arranging that and finding the common time and I think the presidential spokesman will announce it,” Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said.
Trump, however, will no longer attend the East Asia Summit (EAS) which will be held on November 14.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Allan Peter Cayetano said US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will represent Trump in the said event, instead.
“It would have been great if President Trump could attend all the activities but the reality is any world leader especially the United States cannot spend too much days outside the US,” Cayetano said.
The White House has earlier announced that Trump’s visit to the Philippines is part of his Asian tour that covers China, Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam, as well as Hawaii.
Meanwhile, President Duterte is also set to visit Japan on October 29 to 31.
This is after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe won the Japan National Elections once again.
President Duterte will meet the Prime Minister and other high-ranking Japanese Government officials as part of enhancing the bilateral relations of the two countries.
Other issues that will be discussed include regional developments such as peace and stability particularly in the Korean Peninsula as well as the Philippines Chairmanship in the ASEAN. – Rosalie Coz | UNTV News & Rescue