DAVAO CITY — The Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) founder Pastor Apollo Quiboloy belied Tuesday, September 14, spreading fabricated claims against Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao.
Pacquiao filed a P100 million cyber libel complaint against the self-proclaimed “appointed son of God” and religious leader, following the latter’s supposed claims against the senator’s project in Sarangani with a purported price tag of P3.5 billion.
Quiboloy’s camp said in a press statement that the pastor has yet to receive a copy of the complaint filed by the senator before the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office.
The KJC Legal Counsel said Pastor Quiboloy is ready to respond to the accusations against him. Pacquiao accused the pastor of “using his power and influence to spread fake news and false information.”
“We maintain that every citizen has the right to inquire, to hear, to speak, and make commentaries about the actions of public officials,” the KJC Legal Counsel said.
It added that the interest of society and the maintenance of good government demand a complete discussion of public affairs. In a democratic society, public officials like Pacquiao should expect criticism and critical evaluation of their performances from the citizens they served.
Quiboloy’s camp said the pastor “only exercised that right in properly respectful terms.”
“He never made any accusation against the good senator but only floated a question regarding that matter on behalf of the people who wanted answers,” the legal counsel said.
It also said that Pacquiao’s complaint might be considered “retaliatory and a political move on his part” since the senator is reported to run for the upcoming national elections.
“We shall do all within our power to ensure that this complaint will not curtail what a constitutionally protected speech and expression are,” they added.
The legal counsel said Quiboloy’s camp would file a counter-affidavit once they received a copy of the complaint. They will also wait for the fair and impartial resolution of the prosecution office in Makati.