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Hontiveros hails DOJ’s move as empowering women

By Wilnard Bacelonia

MANILA – Senate Deputy Minority Leader Risa Hontiveros hailed the Department of Justice (DOJ)‘s decision to pursue qualified trafficking and child abuse charges against Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) Leader Pastor Apollo Quiboloy as “a significant victory for women” during Women’s Month.

“This is a major triumph for every woman who has been demeaned and exploited by Apollo Quiboloy,” Hontiveros expressed in a statement.

Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla announced that the charges against Quiboloy will be lodged by prosecutors in Pasig City and Davao City.

This is a welcome first step towards the victim-survivors’ cry for justice, peace, and healing,” Hontiveros added.

The lawmaker also thanked Remulla, as well as all the witnesses who testified against Quiboloy.

Hontiveros, being the chairperson of the Committee on Women, Children, Family Relations and Gender Equality, recently launched an inquiry into the alleged injustices and abuses of Quiboloy.

The committee is set to open another round of inquiry on Tuesday.

Having not received any confirmation yet from Quiboloy to attend the inquiry, Hontiveros warned that she would cite him in contempt and order his arrest.

“The Senate will continue with its mandate to investigate, in aid of legislation, the decades-long abuses perpetrated by Quiboloy. We will ensure that these inquiries will result in strengthened laws for our women, our children, and the most vulnerable among us,” she said.

Hontiveros recently issued a subpoena to force Quiboloy to attend the inquiry and had repeatedly assured that the panel would be fair on hearing the KJC leader’s side. (PNA)

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