[OPINION] The Quiboloy contempt order: Legislative overreach or valid exercise of Senate power?

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There can be no discounting the emotive pull of the testimonies of the witnesses in Senator Risa Hontiveros’ committee investigation into allegations of, recounted before the Senate how, as a minor, she was forced to provide sexual services to the man they believed to be the Appointed Son to God.

The second is the inability of our labor laws to sufficiently address “voluntary” labor arrangements where there is no clear employer-employee relationship but there are clear violations of labor and occupational safety and health standards. What legal regime governs these arrangements? Proof of the lack of clarity here is the inability of both DOLE and SSS to categorize alias Rene, the SMNI “worker” who received no salaries and no benefits during his entire tenure.

The Department of Justice has filed charges against Apollo Quiboloy and his top officials. What effect does this have on the Senate hearing? Does the investigation on sexual abuses and human trafficking violate the separation of Church and State?


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