MANILA (3RD UPDATE) - Davao-based Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy returned to the Philippines on Thursday after being briefly detained in Hawaii over cash and guns found in a private plane he was on.
The pastor arrived at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 at 6:35 p.m. on board Philippine Airlines flight PR113 from Los Angeles.
Quiboloy was earlier reported to have been detained at Honolulu airport for a day after federal agents found $350,000 in cash hidden in socks in a private plane where he was on board.
Gun parts were also reportedly found on the plane.
A certain Felina Salinas, who was also on board the aircraft, claimed that the cash was hers and was later arrested and charged with attempted bulk cash smuggling.
Only Quiboloy's staff were seen at the arrival area of the airport, who said the pastor will head home straight to Davao City.
Quiboloy's spokesperson, Israelito Torreon, said the pastor is "OK." In a statement, Torreon said he will speak to the media on Friday to clarify the issue.
"The report that pastor Apollo Quiboloy is "held" by US authorities implying that he is detained or arrested is not true," he said in a statement.
"As a matter of fact, I just talked to him a few minutes ago after he and his companions arrived in Manila."
According to Torreon, Quiboloy will preside over a "long-scheduled" prayer rally in Antipolo on Sunday.
— Reports from Michael Delizo and Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News