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MANILA, Philippines (MDN national news digital, July 8) - The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed a criminal complaint against the controversial Kapa Community Ministry International, Inc (KAPA) at the Office of the Department of Justice. (DOJ)
Eight counts of syndicated estafa and five counts for violating securities and regulations code were filed against Kapa founder Joel Apolinario and Kapa incorporators namely: Nonita S. Urbano, Junnie G. Apolinario, Nelia V. Nino, Maria Pella B. Sevilla, Jaquelyn A. Del Castillo, Cristobal R.Barabad, and Joji A. Jusay.
Also charged were Reyna L. Apolinario, corporate secretary and Joel's wife; Modie S. Dagala, director and treasurer; and directors Benigno D. Tipan, Jr, Marnilyn M. Maturan, Ricky A. Taer, and Margie A. Danao; and a number of John Does.
Three of the alleged complainants accompanied the NBI during the filing of formal complaint at the DOJ. The three are said to be among the millions of members of kapa.
The complainants on the criminal case filed by NBI were a female senior citizen from Dinagat Island who allegedly donated P500,000, while her son also donated P45,000. Her son was also one of the complainants. The third complainant reportedly donated P30,000 last June 3. She later discovered kapa offices were all closed upon Duterte's order.
The NBI said, in its report, that its poseur agents conducted surveillance at kapa's Taytay Office at Blk 2, Lot 19, Greenville East Taytay in Quezon City. Thru the surveillance, the NBI confirmed that Kapa continued to transact business despite the so-called SEC decision on April 13, 2019, revoking the certificate of registration of Kapa, as well as May 16, 2019 certification that kapa has not registered any securities and it has no permit to sell securities to the public.
This is the first case of syndicated estafa filed against Kapa officials.
The ministry members has earlier revealed they have businesses to sustain the ministry's operation including a hospital, gasoline stations, mining, computer business, fishing business, convenience stores and many other businesses. The ministry also employs over 5,000 members to run the daily operations and businesses of the organization.
The NBI-NCR chief said: “Hind kayang i-sustain ng sinasabing business na yun na i-ge-generate na interest na dapat ibigay nila roon sa kanilang mga investors or donors.”
the NBI-NCR chief said they will instead file a complaint for violation of the securities and regulation code.
“Basta yung na-serve namin na search warrants last Monday definitely by next week naka-file na lahat yung corresponding case," the NBI-NCR director concluded.
Meanwhile, Pastor Joel Apolinario has maintained his position that the ministry can sustain its daily operation and the monthly payouts of "love gifts" to its members.
Apolinario said they have a lot of businesses that also earn millions everyday including a hospital and gasoline stations, schools, mining business, bigtime fishing business that earn millions, radio stations, big farms, tracking companies, among others.
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