The head of a Filipino megachurch was detained in Honolulu after federal agents found an unusually large amount of cash and gun parts on his private plane. Apollo Quiboloy is the pastor of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ (KJC) church based out of the Philippines which claims to have six million followers worldwide.
Apollo and five others were aboard the Cessna Citation Sovereign and all set for their flight to the Philippines when the plane was boarded by Customs and Border Enforcement Agents. The agents found $350,000 in a suitcase. The money, all in hundred dollar bills, was folded and stuffed inside pairs of socks. Customs also found gun parts used to assemble military grade rifles.
The business manager of the Waipahu branch of the KJC church, Felina Salinas, was arrested when she claimed the socks full of money where hers. Federal law requires travelers to declare amounts over $10,000 being taken out of the country, and Salinas only declared $40,000 of the $350,000. She was charged with smuggling.
Salinas has professed her faith for the megachurch and its pastor in Youtube videos. She believes Apollo was, “"appointed and he was anointed by the almighty father to preach the gospel to the whole world."
Apollo Quiboloy started KJC in 1985, and has ties to President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines. Quiboloy supported the president’s campaign allowing Duterte to use the church’s private planes.
Salinas was released from custody on a $25,000 bail with a court date set for February 27th. Quiboloy was only held for a few hours before being allowed to travel back to the Philippines. His $15 million private plane, however, is still being held in Honolulu and will likely be seized by the U.S. government. Quiboloy had to take a commercial flight back home, it is unknown if he was forced to fly coach.