PNP Davao says no special treatment for Quiboloy

ABS-CBN [Quezon City, Philippines]

April 5, 2024

By Hernel Tocmo

The Philippine National Police in Davao said there will be no special treatment for controversial televangelist Apollo Quiboloy once he is arrested.

The custodial facilities of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) are ready to accommodate the religious leader if he is arrested or if he surrenders.

“Dadalhin natin sa custodial facility ng PNP. No special treatment. Limited lang ang detention or custodial facility. Wala tayong special room for special people,” Police Regional Office XI spokesperson Major Catherine Dela Rey said.

(We will bring him to the PNP Custodial Facility. No special treatment. We have limited detention or custodial facility. We don’t have special room for special people.)

“In-assure po natin ang public na ang kapulisan ninyo sa Davao region ay wala tayong kinikilingan or tinitingnan natin ang estado ng isang tao. Ang ginagawa po namin, mandate namin ay ang pag-serve ng warrant of arrest,” she added.

(We assure the public that your policemen in Davao region is fair. Our mandate is to serve the warrant of arrest.)

Authorities in Davao City admitted that there is a challenge in finding Quiboloy, who is facing child and sexual abuse charges at a Davao court.

Both NBI Southeastern Mindanao and Police Regional Office XI have served the arrest warrant at Kingdom of Jesus Christ compound in Buhangin, prayer mountain, and glory mountain in Barangay Tamayong, and in six alleged properties of Quiboloy in Samal Island in Davao del Norte, but the religious leader is still nowhere to be found.

Dela Rey also said the PNP airport security group (AVSEGROUP) is also monitoring the movement of Quiboloy’s aviation properties at the old Davao airport. 

Negotiations between the authorities and the camp of Quiboloy to surrender their leader are also ongoing.

“Ang appeal ng regional director ng PRO XI na si Brig. Gen. Alden Delvo sa lawyers ni Pastor Apollo Quiboloy na kausapin siya na sumurender na. Tutal naman, ang warrant of arrest na in-issue ng RTC 12 laban sa kanya ay bailable naman,” Dela Rey said.

(PRO XI Regional Director BGen Alden Delvo’s appeal to Pastor Apollo Quiboloy’s lawyers is to ask for his surrender. The arrest warrant issued by RTC-12 against him is bailable.)

The warrants of arrest for child and sexual abuses are different from the arrest order issued by the Senate for Quiboloy’s failure to attend Senate hearings.

“Kahapon (April 3), tumawag sa regional director natin ang office of sergeant-at-arms (OSSA), at nagsasabi na anytime in the next few days, pupunta sila sa Davao City to serve the warrant of arrest issued by the Senate,” Dela Rey said.

(On April 3, our regional director received a call from the Office of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms saying they will come to Davao City anytime, in the next few days, to serve the warrant of arrest issued by the Senate.)

“Ang role po ng PNP is to assist the Senate’s Sergeant-at-Arms in implementing the warrant of arrest, and to make sure the safety and security ng personnel from the OSSA and Quiboloy from the place of operation to the Davao International Airport,” she added.