TRIAL SET APRIL 2, 2019; "A.Q." TAGGED AS "OFFENDER" IN HER INDICTMENT
By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2018 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) — The United States government has denied anew the request of the business manager of Filipino televangelist Pastor Apollo
Quiboloy (A.Q) to remove her electronic monitoring device as she “poses a risk of flight.”
Felina Sabino Salinas, who was held for bulk smuggling of $335,000 in U.S. currency and $9,000 in Australian dollars, “could leave Hawaii without being detected if she were taken off electronic monitoring,” according to U.S. authorities in their opposition to Salinas' second motion to modify terms and conditions of her pretrial release last Sept. 4.
But the U.S. government did not oppose her motion to move her scheduled trial from Oct. 2, 2018 to April 2, 2019 to give her “additional time” to prepare for her legal defense.
During a status hearing of the case last Aug. 3, Ms. Salinas understood "the nature of the charges against her" and waived the reading of her indictment and entered a not guilty plea.
ASSISTED OFFENDER "A.Q."
Salinas is facing two-count indictments, namely, Count 1 Bulk Cash smuggling (31 U.S.C. § 5332(a)) and Count 2, Accessory After the Fact (18 U.S.C. § 3), when she “did receive, relieve, comfort and assist the offender, A.Q. (Apollo Quiboloy), in order to hinder and prevent the offender's apprehension, trial and punishment.”
PASTOR APOLLO QUIBOLOY
For bulk smuggling, Salinas faces “imprisonment for a period of time up to five (5) years, forfeiture of any property, real or personal, involved in the offense, and any property traceable to such property.”
For accessory after the fact, Salinas faces imprisonment of “not more than one-half the maximum term of imprisonment or (notwithstanding section 3571) fined not more than one-half the maximum fine prescribed for the punishment of the principal, or both; or if the principal is punishable by life imprisonment or death, the accessory shall be imprisoned not more than 15 years.”
In opposing the removal of the electronic monitoring device, U.S Attorney General of Hawaii Kenji M. Price said Salinas is in possession of $44,000 in her backpack and purse at the time of her arrest. She was born outside the United States and still has friends and an employer who resides in the Philippines.
COULD LEAVE HAWAII WITHOUT DETECTION
As Customs and Border Protection officers do not routinely monitor private aircraft that leave Honolulu International Airport, Salinas could leave Hawaii without being detected if she were taken off electronic monitoring. Salinas is free on bond after being held for claiming ownership of her carry-on bag containing US$355,000 cash, 9,000 Australian dollars (US$1 is AUD$1.4), and PHP1,000 ($20) found inside an outbound Cessna private jet, #N425PQ/C-680 at Honolulu International Airport “with the intent to evade currency reporting requirement under Title 31, United States Code, Sec. 5316.”
Last April, two months after her arrest, Salinas’ lawyer Michael Jay Green first asked the court to remove the electronic monitoring device from her body while she was in home detention, saying she already surrendered her passport and as a resident of Kapolei, Hawaii, she has “strong ties to the community and is not a flight risk.”
PRIVATE JET LEASED BY EMPLOYER, MR. QUIBOLOY
She posted $25,000 security bond and cash deposit of $5,000. Her passport was confiscated and her travel is restricted within the island of Oahu, where the Honolulu court is located.
In opposing Salinas’ second motion to modify terms and conditions of pretrial release, Mr. Price said, “While the United States concedes that the Defendant has so far not been in violation of the terms and conditions of pretrial release, the U.S. continues to believe that without electronic monitoring, the Defendant poses a risk of flight.”
She was arrested at the Honolulu International Airport last February on board a private jet leased by her employer, Mr. Quiboloy, en route to the Philippines.
Ms. Salinas, said to be from Davao City but lives in Kapolei, Hawaii, is restricted within the island of Oahu.
Ms. Salinas is placed under Passive Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) monitoring program and is “prohibited from entering any airports, boat harbors, or places of egress on Oahu.”
The 68-year-old Pastor Quiboloy was a big supporter who bankrolled the presidential foray of then Davao City Mayor Rody Duterte in 2016 when Mr. Duterte ran for President. According to his Facebook posts, Pastor Quiboloy is affiliated with the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. The posts say he is the “Appointed Son of God” when “[o]n September 13, 2003 (or five (5) years ago) the “Holy Father declared to the whole world that He has found His residence here on earth — His son, in the person of Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy.”
“… He is the fulfillment of the purpose of Jesus Christ’s coming in the Jewish setting.. He has the body of the First Adam but with the spirit of the second Adam.
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