Quiboloy follower tried to smuggle more than $300,000 cash in socks - US agent

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 16 2018 07:03 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2018 12:51 PM

Felina Salinas, a follower of Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy, seen here in a 2015 interview with Kababayan Weekly, a daily talk show about Filipinos in the US. Videograb from Youtube

Court documents did not mention Quiboloy's supposed detention

MANILA - A female follower of Kingdom of Jesus Christ founder Apollo Quiboloy tried to smuggle to the Philippines more than $300,000 in cash hidden in socks, United States court documents showed.

Felina Salinas, a US citizen, failed to declare that she was carrying thousands of dollars "neatly bundled" in $100 bills in black socks during a flight en route to the Philippines, said a complaint filed by Ann Mylene Haney, a special agent of the US Department of Homeland Security.

Salinas was on board Quiboloy's private plane that was supposed to return to Manila on Feb. 13 before federal agents seized the cash. 

She is said to be the business manager at the Waipahu church location and a loyal Quiboloy supporter.

In a 2015 interview posted on Youtube, Salinas described Quiboloy as "anointed" by God.

"He was appointed and he was anointed by the Almighty Father to preach the gospel to the whole world," Salinas said.

According to the complaint filed on Feb. 13, Salinas only declared that she was carrying $25,000 and P1,000 in cash. 

But when federal agents inspected the plane, they found $335,000 and AUD $9,000 in cash hidden in socks inside a black bag.

US law requires individuals to declare the cash they are taking out of the country if it exceeds $10,000.

Salinas later claimed that the black bag was hers and was later charged with attempted bulk cash smuggling.

"None of that money was reported by Ms. Salinas to the CBPO (Customs and Border Protection Office)," the complaint read.

The complaint, however, made no mention of Pastor Quiboloy, who was earlier reported to have been briefly detained at the Honolulu airport over the incident.

There was also no mention of gun parts earlier reported to have been found on the plane. 

It simply stated that Salinas was on board the private plane along with 3 other passengers and 2 crewmen.

Quiboloy returned to the Philippines on Thursday night via a commercial flight.

His spokesman on Friday denied that the Davao-based pastor was detained in Hawaii and insisted that he did not violate US law.

Read the full complaint here: