Pastor Quiboloy briefly detained in Hawaii over cash, guns in private plane: report

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Posted at Feb 15 2018 03:56 PM | Updated as of Feb 15 2018 04:51 PM

Apollo Quiboloy, head of "the Kingdom of Jesus Christ," a non-Catholic religious group and spiritual adviser of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte, speaks during a press conference in Davao City in southern island of Mindanao on May 23, 2016. Manman Dejeto, AFP

MANILA (UPDATE)- Davao-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy was detained at Honolulu airport for a day after federal agents found $350,000 from the private plane that he was on, according to a news report.

The cash was found folded and stuffed inside socks in a suitcase, Hawaii News Now said on its website.

Gun parts were also reportedly found on the plane.

The private plane, worth at least $15 million, remains in Honolulu as the federal government works to seize it.

Quiboloy, who was reportedly in Hawaii for a concert, was among 6 people on board the Cessna Citation Sovereign. The plane was about to leave Honolulu for Manila when US Customs boarded it.

The pastor later boarded a commercial flight to the Philippines.

A certain Felina Salinas, who was on board the aircraft, was arrested after she claimed that the cash was hers. She was charged with attempted bulk cash smuggling. 

Salinas is said to be the business manager at the Waipahu church location and a loyal Quiboloy supporter. She appeared on court Wednesday and was released on a $25,000 bail.

ABS-CBN News reached out to the Kingdom of Jesus Christ office in Davao City but the church said it was not aware of the issue.

The head of the Davao-based Church is among ardent supporters of President Rodrigo Duterte during the 2016 national elections, going as far as lending his own jet and helicopter during the campaign period.

Quiboloy had also previously claimed that he had a vision of Duterte's presidency 18 years before it happened.