Nov 24, 2021

CultNEWS101 Articles: 11/24/2021 (Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church, Sex Trafficking, Philippines, Conservatorship)

Kingdom of Jesus Christ Church, Sex Trafficking, Philippines, Conservatorship

SFGate: Philippine church leader charged with child sex trafficking
"The leader of a Philippines-based church was charged with having sex with women and underage girls who faced threats of abuse and "eternal damnation" unless they catered to the self-proclaimed "son of God," federal prosecutors announced Thursday.

Apollo Carreon Quiboloy and two of his top administrators are among nine people named in a superseding indictment returned by a federal grand jury last week and unsealed Thursday. The indictment includes three Los Angeles-based administrators of Quiboloy's church who were charged last year. The new indictment also names a church administrator in Hawaii.

Quiboloy, 71, is head of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church, founded in 1985. The church claims to have 6 million members in about 200 countries. Its United States headquarters is in the Van Nuys area of Los Angeles.

The church backed the 2016 candidacy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, a close friend of Quiboloy. Duterte used the group's radio and TV program in southern Davao city to express his views on issues way back when he was mayor of the southern port city."

Asian Journal: What Will Happen To Televangelist Apollo Quiboloy's Media Empire? Duterte's Friend And Spiritual Adviser Indicted In The US For Sex Trafficking
"'PASTOR' Apollo Quiboloy, founder and chairman of the mega-church "Kingdom of Jesus Christ" in the Philippines, made headlines again globally on Thursday, November 18, not just because of his outrageous claims about his identity and how he "brands" himself to millions of Filipinos who follow him, but because he has again been implicated in serious crimes.

This time, the man who claimed himself to be the "Owner of the Universe" and "Appointed Son of God," was indicted for a sex trafficking operation that was supported by funds solicited by donors here in the United States.

An indictment is an official accusation stating that a person is being charged with a crime and that a criminal trial will be held. An indictment is the final step in the evidence-gathering process before a person is out on trial for a serious crime.

Quiboloy, a long-time friend and the spiritual adviser of President Rodrigo Duterte, has millions of Filipino followers because of the privilege accorded to him and his media empire. Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI), also known by its legal operating name Swara Sug Media Corporation, is the official broadcasting arm of The Kingdom of Jesus Christ mega-church. Duterte granted Swara Sug Media Corporation 25 years extension to operate when he signed the Republic Act. 11422 in 2019."

" ... The point of the cult was to break the girls' wills and to eradicate our identities so that we'd become compliant zombies and do whatever we were told. Cults are about power and control, and much is the same in a conservatorship, such as Britney's — the purpose is to abolish the selfhood of the conservatee, turning them into a puppet of the conservator.

In Britney's testimony, she claimed her dad controlled what she ate and whether she drank coffee. She also couldn't drive. In the cult, our diets were also controlled. The teenage girls were fed last, often only lentils and rice. For years, we weren't allowed to drink caffeine of any type, and surely not coffee. Just as Britney wasn't allowed bodily autonomy, having lithium pills forced down her throat, we also weren't in charge of our bodies."

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