Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. founder and leader Pastor Joel Apolinario has ordered his members to “relax” and just continue with their business after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the its closure and the arrest of its leaders.
In a video message uploaded on YouTube, Apolinario claimed that Duterte was not referring to Kapa in his interview with Pastor Apollo Quiboloy.
“Hindi po tayo un. ‘Yung ipina-stop niya ‘yung lang walang kaukulang papeles na biglang sumulpot na parang kabute, mga walang legalidad. Tayo ay legal po, may papers tayong ipakita,” said Apolinario in a YouTube video addressed to Kapa followers.
“Bilang member, maging matatag po tayo kasi legal at isa po tayong religous group,” he added.
Duterte had categorically called Kapa a “pyramid scam” – it promised members a 30 percent monthly return on “donations – and its leaders the “sons of Lucifer” for carrying out this crime of “syndicated estafa.” Duterte ordered the National Bureau of Investigation and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group to immedialy close it down and arrest the people behind it.
Apolinario is adamant that Kapa was above board citing a public endorsement from Tagum Mayor Allan Rellon proof that it was the only one among 30-plus investment schemes in Mindanao that was operating legitimately.
Although the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Kapa’s incorporation papers for its illegal solicitation of funds last February, Apolinario was able to get a cease and desists order against the SEC from Branch 35 of the General Santos City Regional Trial Courtonon April 10, or just six days after Apolinario filed his plea. Kapa has continued taking donations from members as it invoked the court ruling that SEC has no jurisdiction over financial transactions involving religious organizations.