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EDITORIAL: Truth-evading Christ

IN a recent Senate committee hearing, Senator Robin Padilla voiced his opposition to the motion to cite alleged sex offender and sect leader Apollo Quiboloy for contempt.

While Padilla did not explicitly state the reasons for his objection, he communicated having discussed the matter with Senator Risa Hontiveros.

During the hearing, Senator Hontiveros, as the head of the Senate committee on women, children, family relations, and gender equality, invoked Section 18 of the Rules of Procedures governing inquiries in aid of legislation. This section allows a majority of committee members to reverse or modify an order of contempt within seven days.

Padilla’s objection was duly noted by Hontiveros, who acknowledged the procedural aspect of the rules. The exchange highlighted the importance of parliamentary procedures and the ability of committee members to influence decisions within a specified timeframe.

Earlier in the hearing, Hontiveros had moved to cite Quiboloy for contempt, seeking Senate leadership’s intervention to order the arrest of the controversial leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ.

This move came after Quiboloy’s refusal to be sworn or testify before the committee’s investigation.

Hontiveros’ stern warning against Quiboloy, urging attendance or facing arrest, set the tone for the subsequent contempt motion.

The dynamics within the Senate committee underscore the delicate balance between asserting authority in investigations and respecting procedural safeguards.

As the situation unfolds, it remains to be seen whether Padilla’s objections will influence the committee’s decision or if further developments will shed light on the reasons behind his stance.

The interplay between senators, procedural rules, and the pursuit of justice adds an intriguing dimension to the ongoing inquiry into the alleged crimes involving Apollo Quiboloy.

It is imperative that Apollo Quiboloy appears before the Senate inquiry to address and illuminate the allegations and issues raised against him.

The pursuit of truth and justice demands his cooperation, ensuring a transparent and accountable resolution to the matters under investigation.

Quiboloy’s presence is crucial for a comprehensive understanding of the situation and for the Senate committee to fulfill its duty in the pursuit of legislative inquiries.

Senator Padilla should not object to the motion for contempt citation.


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