Pastor Apolinario tells members to ‘relax’ amid Duterte closure order on Kapa pyramid scam: ‘Di kami ‘yun, ligal kami!
Pastor Joel Apolinario of the Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. took a defiant but calm stance on President Rodrigo Duterte’s order for the National Bureau of Investigation and Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) to shut down his Surigao based-religious cult and arrest its leaders.
In an interview with his long-time friend Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, Duterte called Kapa a “pyramid scheme” and the people behind it as “sons of Lucifer” for promising people with massive financial returns on their “donations” to Apolinario’s ministry.
“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.
Last February, the Securities and Exchange Commission revoked Kapa’s incorporation papers for its illegal solicitation of funds. Apolinario promised his members a 30 percent monthly return on any amount of “donation” they make to Kapa.
But Branch 35 of the General Santos City Regional Trial Court issued a cease and desist order against the SEC on April 10, or just six days after Apolinario filed his plea, which allowed Kapa to continue taking donations from members. The court ruled that SEC has no jurisidiction over financial transactions involving religious organizations like Kapa.
Instead of going into panic mode. Apolinario told his flock to “relax”
in the face of Duterte’s closure and arrest order on Kapa which the
President said was a crime of “syndicated estafa” with no bail.
“Sa lahat po ng member at new members, just relax, ‘wag kayong matakot, kayang, kaya natin ito. Isa lang itong delubyo na nangyari sa gropo, mga pagsubok lang ang nangyari… madali lang ito, 10 days lang ang sisikapin,” he said.
Apolinario said the authorities have no power to close down their operations or arrest them until they have a court injunction. He advised members to treat this as a “formal visit” of the NBI in their fellowship centers.
“Tayo naman po mga kapatid ay talagang lumalaki ang grupo at napakasikat na at kaya pag may sinasabing ganoon, tayo ang tataman kaagad. Pero ‘di tayo ‘yun. Dahil ang ipapasara ng Presidente ‘yun talagang walang papeles, walang legalidad,” said Apolinario.
“Pag iligal, ipapasara ka nga. ‘Yan ang pwedeng mangyari sa mga nagsusulputang kabute na mga ‘yan, wala ngang source kung saan kukuha (ng pondo),” he added.
Apolinario said Kapa has more than 30 establishments and businesses to sustain the investment model of Kapa and provide for the needs of its members.