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Palace hands off Quiboloy woes

Malacañang is keeping its hands off the indictment of an aide of Davao-based King of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy for alleged bulk cash smuggling in the United States.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque maintained that Quiboloy was a private citizen and could take care of himself.

Roque issued the remarks after a US federal grand jury reportedly indicted Quiboloy’s companion Felina Salinas for smuggling thousands of dollars out of the United States aboard a private jet early this year.

“No comment is forthcoming from the Palace because Pastor Quiboloy is a private citizen. He can fend for himself,” Roque said during a press conference in Malita, Davao Occidental.

Quiboloy, a close friend of President Duterte, was reportedly briefly held at the Honolulu airport in Hawaii last February after Customs authorities found undeclared cash and gun parts in his private jet bound for the Philippines. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)