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
Volcanic “lava bomb” injures 22 people on tour boat in Hawaii
A hole, punched through the roof of a tourist boat, is seen, after lava from the Mount Kilauea volcano exploded in the sea off Kapoho, Hawaii, U.S. July 16, 2018. Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources/Handout via REUTERS
REUTERS – A fusillade of volcanic lava struck an ocean tour boat just off the Big Island of Hawaii on Monday (July 16), injuring at least 22 people in the worst casualty incident to date from the ongoing eruption of the Kilauea Volcano.
One woman’s leg was broken when the “lava bomb” landed on the roof of the vessel and crashed into the seating area, said Hawaii County Fire Department Battalion Chief Darwin Okinaka.
“You have seen parts of the lava on the vessel when we pulled up to it. There’s a few big chunks that was on the roof and we could see chunks laying all over the side of the boat and on the floor of the boat,” said Ikaika Kalama who witnessed the bombardment from the adjacent ferry boat.
“Some actually exploded about 300 yards in the air. Part of the lava actually landed on the vessel, damaged most parts of the vessel. From what I heard, actually, a big chunk fell through the roof and partly on passengers,” she added.
Kilauea volcano has shown no signs of quieting since it first began erupting on May 3. Lava spewing from “Fissure 8” has wiped out scores of homes in Kapoho by the Pacific and filled Kapoho Bay with lava.
Even though lava tourism has long existed on Hawaii’s Big Island, tour boat operators have report increased demand from tourists eager to witness the latest eruption of one of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Visitor numbers spike each time Kilauea, which has erupted almost continuously since 1983, sends a tongue of lava toward the ocean. The current eruption is one of the longest and most intense on record.
Ocean, jungle explosions new risks from Hawaii eruption
Aerial view of erupting fissure 22 and lava channels flowing southward from the fissure is seen from the air during an early morning overflight during ongoing eruptions of the Kilauea Volcano in Hawaii, U.S. May 21, 2018. Courtesy Volcano Helicopters/USGS/Handout via REUTERS
Lava from Hawaii’s erupting Kilauea Volcano is exploding as it pours into the ocean, shooting rock fragments that are a danger to boaters. Inland, where molten rock is burning through the jungle, methane explosions are hurling boulders while toxic gas is reaching some of the highest levels seen in recent times.
These were new risks geologists warned of on Tuesday (May 22) as Kilauea’s 19-day eruption showed no sign of easing, with repeated explosions at its summit and fountains of lava up to 160 feet (50 m) from giant cracks or fissures on its flank.
Lava edged towards a geothermal power plant on Tuesday after destroying an old warehouse near the facility, County of Hawaii Civil Defense said.
The site marked the latest challenge facing authorities during what geologists call an unprecedented, simultaneous eruption at Kilauea’s summit and from giant fissures 25 miles (40 km) down its eastern side.
About 3 miles (4.8 km) to the east of the plant on the coast, noxious clouds of acid fumes, steam, and fine glass-like particles billowed into the sky as lava poured into the ocean from two lava flows. — Reuters