A DAVAO court issued an arrest warrant on Monday against televangelist Apollo C. Quiboloy and five of his alleged accomplices in a child abuse case.

“The Court recalls it issued an Order dated March 14, 2024, wherein upon judicious examination and perusal of information, it found probable cause to issue a warrant of arrest,” Judge Dante A. Baguio of the Davao Regional Trial Court Branch 12 wrote in the order.

Mr. Quiboloy, the founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, is charged with allegations of child and sexual abuse, and human trafficking in Davao and Pasig Courts. He and his cohorts are also facing a Qualified Trafficking in Persons charge.

The court stated that it received no resolution from Mr. Quiboloy’s camp to the Motion for Reconsideration for his indictment from the Department of Justice (DoJ) last March 5. 

Reacting to the development, Senator Ana Theresia “Risa” N. Hontiveros, whose public hearings had been snubbed by the televangelist, said: “Apollo Quiboloy’s happy days are numbered. Almost all institutions in the Philippines are moving to hold him accountable.”

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) arrested on Wednesday three of Mr. Quiboloy’s co-accused, including his alleged bodyguard and driver Cresente Canada. Meanwhile, the two others named in the complaint surrendered after learning about the issuance of the arrest warrant, the NBI added. Chloe Mari A. Hufana