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FBI denies $2-M bounty for Quiboloy's arrest

NEW YORK CITY — The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has denied rumors of a $2-million bounty for the arrest of Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Apollo Quiboloy and his two associates who are currently wanted in the US over various cases.

In a message to GMA Integrated News, FBI Public Affairs Specialist Laura Eimiller said she is not aware of any bounty for Quiboloy and his two associates Teresita Dandan and Helen Panilag.

"There is an active arrest warrant for Mr. Quiboloy but I’m unaware of a reward offer,” Eimiller said.  

The Los Angeles court has rescheduled hearings for the cases of conspiracy to engage in sex trafficking by force, fraud, and coercion, sex trafficking of children, conspiracy, and bulk cash smuggling against Quiboloy and his associates.

The proceedings were supposed to begin on March 19, 2024. 

Quiboloy, who is in the Philippines, is facing 43 counts of various charges in the US, and his lawyers have repeatedly requested extensions to study the cases filed by the US Department of Justice against the controversial religious leader.

Quiboloy's camp has dismissed the charges as "grandstanding by the US government."

In an audio message posted on Facebook, Quiboloy said he learned from "reliable sources" that the US government is offering a $2-million bounty for his arrest and is out to "eliminate" him through rendition. —KBK, GMA Integrated News