Rape, child abuse raps versus Quiboloy junked

July 08, 2020

The Davao City Prosecutor's Office has junked for insufficiency of evidence  the complaints for rape, child abuse, and human trafficking filed against Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) leader Apollo Quiboloy and five other church members.

In a joint resolution, the prosecutors who handled the case disclosed that the complainant failed to state in her complaint that "Quiboloy used force, threat or intimidation, nor that she put up tenacious and aggressive resistance against his alleged advances."

Furthermore, the prosecutors noted the absence of evidence showing Quiboloy used his influence over the complainant.

"Abuse of influence cannot simply be inferred from the seeming influence that the respondent had over the complainant arising from his position in their organization; the same must be proven with evidence," prosecutors said.

The complainant, who is a former member of Quiboloy’s religious sect, accused the pastor of raping her back in 2014. She was only 17 years old back then. Quiboloy has since denied her claim.

Also, the prosecutors pointed out that there was no other corroborating evidence, aside from the complainant's testimony, to support her claim against Quiboloy.

Aside from Quiboloy, also cleared by the prosecutors were Cresente Canada, Jackielyn W. Roy, Paulenet Canada, Ingrid Canada and Sylvia Cemanes.

Complainant claimed that Cresente beat her and her sister with a paddle when they were minors, but prosecutors said she failed to show that the paddling was intended to debase or humiliate them.

Prosecutors said the act was instead a "disciplinary action" for the sisters' alleged failure to keep their restroom clean and for leaving a dirty bag on their bed.

"It can be fairly inferred that the respondent merely intended for the complainant and her sister to correct their behavior and for them to follow the rules," prosecutors said.

As for the accusation of ill treatment or slight physical injuries, prosecutors said the offense had already prescribed as the woman only filed the complaint more than five years after the alleged incident.

On the allegation that the complainant was made to beg, sell food, do carolling and solicitations, prosecutors said these acts — except for begging — are "innocuous, "non-illegal" and were "merely income generating activities needed by any organization to financially survive."