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Tiyak na ibabasura ang kaso ng Kapa

Hindi naman sa pinangungunahan ko ang Korte Suprema, pero tiyak na ibabasura lamang nito itong kaso na inisampa ng Rhema Int’l Livelihood Foundation, Inc. laban kay Pangunlong Rodrigo Duterte kaugnay sa pagpasara sa operasyon ng Kapa Ministry International Inc.

Una, may tinatawag tayong “immunity from suit” si Pangulong Duterte habang naka-upo ito sa puwesto. Ang ibig sabihin, hindi puwedeng kasohan ang Pangulo kahit sa anumang dahilan except for impeachable offenses. Ang kasong ito ay petition for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus at pinangalanan si Pangulong Duterte bilang respondent.

Diyan pa lang, bagsak na ang kaso.

Pangalawa, hinihiling ng Cirfund — yan ang tawag nila sa project na kumukolekta ng “donasyon” galing sa mga miyembro — na sampahan ng “impeachment case” si Pangulong Duterte.

Halatang ignorante sa batas ang mga taong ito.

Ang impeachment ay hindi pina-file sa Korte Suprema. Doon yan ginagawa sa House of Representatives. Walang jurisdiction ang Supreme Court sa usapin tungkol sa impeachment.

Talagang matigas ang ulo ng mga opisyal ng Kapa. Pinipilit pa rin nila na legal ang ginagawa nitong pag-tanggap ng pera galing sa mga miyembro.

Dapat arestuhin na yan si Apolinario. Kung naloko niya ang 5 million members ng Kapa, huwag siya mag-akala na kaya na niya suwayin ang mga batas ng Pilipinas at his Pangulong Duterte.

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Biyaya ba talaga???

Marami na rin ang tumetestigo na malaki ang nakuha nilang tulong galing sa Kapa Community Ministry International, Inc. na ipinundar ni Pastor Joel Apolinario. Pero hindi nila alam na ganyan talaga ang pag-operate ng Ponzi modus sa panloloko sa tao. Sa umpisa, binibigyan ng malalaking interest o guaranteed return on investment upang kumalat ang balita tungkol sa kabutihan ng isang grupo katulad ng Kapa. Dahil diyan, yung mga nakatanggap ng “biyaya” ay sila na rin ang umaakit sa mga kaibigan at mga kamag-anak. Hindi yan bago ang style.

Ina-atake na ako ng mga Kapa fanatics

Dalawang YouTube videos pa lang ang na-ipalabas ko ng mabilis na gumanti ang mga taga-suporta ni Pastor Joel Apolinario at ng Kabos Padatoon (KAPA) Community Ministry at inatake ako sa kanilang comments sa aking Channel.

Galit na galit ang mga supporters ni Apolinario dahil sinasabi ko ang katotohanan na isang investment scam ang kanilang modus operandi sa paghingi ng “donations” galing sa mga members na may pangakong 30 porsyento na interest o tobo buwan-buwan.

Nakapagtataka kung bakit marami pa ring mga Pinoy ang nahuhulog sa ganitong mga scam. Hindi ito ang unang scam kung saan umabot sa bilyon-bilyong piso na “investments” ang nawawala at naiiwan ang mga naloko na pulubi.

Ito po ang link sa aking mga videos:

 

Kapa scam: what happened before

On a national level, the name of Pastor Joel Apolinario hardly made it to the pages of newspapers or reported on television. But his name had long been on the stage of controversy in Mindanao for quite a number of years now. In fact, I remember the name of his Kapa Community Ministry last year when Bombo Radyo reported on the arrest of its station manager and news director in General Santos in September 2018.

Apolinario had complained to the NBI that these broadcasters were extorting money from him so that the daily tirades against his activities would stop. On the part of the broadcasters, identified as Jonathan Macailing and Salvador Galano, claimed they were framed up.

It was also about that time that the Bislig City LGU in Surigao shut down the cooperative store of Kapa, which stands for Kabus Padatoon (Make the poor rich), after getting numerous complaints about its illegal activities.

Kapa had campaigned among its members not to vote for Bislig city mayor Librado Navarro who ran for the position of Vice Governor for the Province of Surigao del Sur in the recently-held local and national elections on May 13. Despite this “no-vote” campaign, Navarro won.

Who is Apolinario?Picture Joel Apolinario

This is a man who is a genuine rags-to-riches story. But it appears that his path to wealth was at the expense of small investors who fell for his promise of a 30% monthly “reward” for their “donations”.

In his youth, he struggled to make both ends meet as a fisherman and then as a construction worker. He got a job as a radio technician and from there, finding that he had a gift for eloquence, became a disc jockey.

He founded Kapa Community Ministry and operated a chain of cooperative stores in Bislig City. While he claims that Kapa is a church, it has no place of worship it could call its own.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) estimates that Kapa has around 5 million members in the entire country, and its exposure could reach P50 billion on an average of P10,000 per member.

In February this year, the SEC revoked his incorporation papers on allegations of fraud and ordered Kapa to stop its operations.

Apparently, Apolinario was in no mood to heed the order.

But last week, no less than President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of all Kapa offices and threatened to arrest those who persist in soliciting investments disguised as “donations”.

Donation? Investment? The Kapa caper

Kapa Community Ministry insists that it is not running an investment scam. According to a member interviewed by CNN Philippines, what members give are donations to the religious organization. There is no specific amount required, he said. But there is a deed of donation that the members sign. In exchange, Kapa founder Joel Apolinario promised a 30% return every month, according to the government officials. This guy is really shrewd. However, there can be no question that it is a fraudulent activity. The Duterte administration should press on with its investigation and stoppage of its activities.

Beware of scams

The Kapa Ministry investment scam isn’t the first large-scale estafa case I’ve known about. Last year, several groups preyed on unsuspecting individuals on promises on huge ROI from Bitcoin. It was really a pyramiding scam. In Capiz, I heard that a doctor who started a group soliciting investments for Bitcoin has gone into hiding when investors complained they could not recover their investments.

About eight years ago, Iloilo business persons were also badly hit by the investment scam operated by Reynaldo “Milky” Navarro. The NBI which investigated the case said that as much as P3 billion was lost by investors. Criminal charges of large-scale estafa were filed against Navarro.

I heard about Kapa last year. Bombo Radyo in General Santos had been reporting about its activities. Cases were filed against Pastor Joel Apolinario, but he just kept going with his investment scam.

KAPA OFFICE

Many of its members are police officers, which was perhaps why it was difficult to go against Apolinario.

Last week, President Duterte ordered law enforcement agencies to arrest Apolinario and his cohorts. The SEC has also taken action against Kapa. But Apolinario seems belligerent. He had the gall to tell a lie about President Duterte allowing Kapa to continue its operations.

I guess its victims can’t blame anybody but themselves. It was a scam however you looked at it. A 30-percent monthly return is simply incredible. As the saying goes, when it looks too good to be true, it is too good to be true.

My advice: don’t fall for any investment proposal that offers wild returns on investment. Don’t let greed overcome you and fall prey to these fraudsters.