- Senator Manny Pacquiao made good on his threat to file the criminal case of libel against Pastor Apollo Quiboloy
- Earlier, Pastor Quiboloy, the founder and leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church, allegedly said that Sen. Pacquiao is behind the anomalous P3.5 billion Sarangani Sports Complex project
- The senator vehemently denied the allegations, saying that Pastor Quiboloy deliberately misled the people by showing old photos of a building built in 1996 at a time when the legislator was still a kid
- Sen. Manny said the project he helped with in Sarangani is different and costs around P300 to P500 million, which is way below what the Pastor claimed
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Senator Manny Pacquiao made good on his threat to file a case against Pastor Apollo Quiboloy when he did just that today at the Prosecutor’s Office in Makati City.
In a report by the Inquirer, the legislator on September 14, filed a criminal case of libel against the Pastor along with claims for damages amounting to P100 million.
Earlier, Pastor Quiboloy, who is a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte and the founder of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ church based in Davao City, allegedly said that the senator is involved in an anomalous P3.5 billion project in Sarangani province.
The rift between Pastor Quiboloy, who is also being referred to by his church followers as the “Appointed Son of God,” reached fever pitch when Sen. Manny began criticizing the Duterte administration for alleged wrongdoings.
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While the senator neither implicated nor exonerated the President in his graft and corruption claims, and only directed his accusations at heads of various government agencies, President Duterte did not take his accusations well.
A report by the Manila Bulletin cited as a background the report about President Duterte training his canons on Sen. Pacquiao after his supposed expose, with the President's supporters, including Pastor Quiboloy, following suit.
While the senator took the attacks of President Duterte and most of his followers in a stride, he decried the supposed accusations of Pastor Quiboloy when the latter allegedly claimed Sen. Manny is the one behind the anomalous Sports Training Center allegedly worth P3.5 billion pesos.
The legislator, when asked for comment about the issue thrown at him by the church leader said that Pastor Quibology does not know what he's talking about.
He added that the Pastor is fond of making issues that he does not know of.
The Pinoy boxing legend then said the church leader should not meddle in government affairs.
Sen. Manny also gave an unsolicited advice for Pastor Quiboloy.
He said it would be better if the Pastor would just focus on evangelizing and taking care of his followers who believe in him.
Sen. Manny then claimed that the Pastor deliberately misled the people by showing old photos of a different building built in 1996 back when the legislator was still a kid.
In a report by ABS-CBN, the legislator claimed that Pastor Quiboloy used falsehoods in an attempt to brainwash the minds of the public.
He also claimed that the Pastor propagated lies to besmirch the image and damage the reputation of an honest public servant.
Sen. Manny added that Pastor Quiboloy is using his faith in an alleged attempt to further his lies.
“He even had the audacity to quote the Holy Scripture in furtherance of his lies, misleading his flock, and confusing the public, with the end in view of blackening another’s reputation,” Sen. Pacquiao said.
Senator Pacquiao believes that the statements of Pastor Quiboloy against him is “criminal in nature and cannot go unpunished.”
Manny Pacquiao is an eight-division world boxing champion, considered one of the greatest boxers in history. He also found success as a politician, first becoming a congressman before getting elected as a senator.
Previously, the legislator bared his plan to file a case against Pastor Quiboloy. In an interview, he said the church leader is concocting an issue that he does not have any knowledge about. He also said instead of meddling in government affairs, Pastor Quiboloy should just focus on evangelizing and taking care of his flock.
More recently, Sen. Manny defended his wife, Jinkee Pacquiao, after she received a lot of bashings due to her OOTD postings. The legislator said that while the outfits of Jinkee may look "costly," it is not that expensive. Jinkee has been getting a lot of flak because of her OOTDs. The latest is from Cristy Fermin who said that the wife of Sen. Manny has no shame in flaunting her possessions even amid the crisis that the country is facing.