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EDITORIAL: Justice Imperative

THE recent developments surrounding Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KOJC) have sparked a national conversation about justice, accountability, and the role of the law.

As President Marcos Jr. vows fair proceedings, and Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla emphasizes the application of the law without exceptions, it’s essential to examine these promises critically.

While assurances of fairness and adherence to the law are vital, actions speak louder than words. Quiboloy’s request for written assurance against U.S. interference is not unfounded, given the historical context of international relations and legal proceedings.

However, the assertion that such interference is far off raises concerns about the timeliness and effectiveness of the legal process.

Vice President Duterte’s acknowledgment of positive developments in Quiboloy’s case reflects a cautious optimism, but the emphasis on personal decisions highlights the complexity and gravity of the situation.

As allies of Quiboloy, the Duterte family’s stance underscores the need for impartiality and transparency in the judicial process.

Senator Risa Hontiveros’s call for Quiboloy to face the Senate and address his remarks directly confronts the issue of accountability and respect for institutions.

Quiboloy’s evasion of Senate hearings raises questions about his willingness to cooperate with lawful inquiries and undermines the principles of democracy and governance.

The charges against Quiboloy, ranging from sexual assault to human trafficking, demand thorough investigation and swift action. The issuance of arrest warrants underscores the seriousness of the allegations and the imperative of upholding the rule of law.

As the Department of Justice assures Quiboloy of his safety and urges him to stand trial, it’s crucial to ensure that legal proceedings are conducted without prejudice or bias. Quiboloy, like any other individual, is entitled to due process and a fair trial.

Ultimately, the case of Pastor Apollo Quiboloy is not just about one man or one organization—it’s about justice, accountability, and the integrity of our legal system.

As the proceedings unfold, it’s incumbent upon all stakeholders, from government officials to civil society, to uphold the principles of transparency, impartiality, and the rule of law. Only through a steadfast commitment to these ideals can we ensure justice for all, regardless of status or affiliation.


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