Jay Rence Quilario and other leaders of the Socorro Bayanihan Services Incorporated (SBSI) found themselves being held in detention at the Senate.

Quilario, 22, has been the president of SBSI since 2021, and carries the title “Senior Agila,” signifying his role in the organization.

Based on investigations and testimonies, he is seen by his followers as the reincarnation of the Santo Niño (Child Jesus), and he allegedly controls a private army consisting of more than 150 adults and children.

Quilario was born to farmer Romel Quilario and his wife Gengie on November 10, 2000, in Barangay Nueva Estrella, Socorro, Surigao del Norte.

By his own account during the Senate committee hearing, he said he never even finished high school.

In his adolescent years, he was mentored by Rosalina Lasala Taruc, the late president of SBSI, who founded the organization on December 20, 1980.

“Hindi niya tinanggap agad yung hamon na siya ang papalit na presidente kase sa sobrang bata at mahirap magdala ng tao,” Florano, grandson of late Taruc said.

Asked by Senator Ronald dela Rosa why he was chosen to replace Taruc, Quilario said he did not know why.