Pastor Joel Apolinario and KAPA Executives Failed to Appear in a Hearing at the DOJ

KAPA Executives including the leader of the controversial religious group Pastor Joel Apolinario and his wife Reyna Apolinario failed to attend in a hearing at the Department of Justice for the charges filed against them by government regulators on Friday.

The government side represented by Lawyer Jose P. Aquino, of the Securities and Exchanges Commission Enforcement Investor Protection Department (SEC-EIPD), along with witnesses Lester Bautista and Bryant Symonde Chang, appeared and was sworn in by the DOJ panel chaired by Assistant State Prosecutor Zenamar J. Machacon-Caparros in connection with the complaints they filed against the group’s officials.

Assistant State Prosecutor Caparros informed the complainants that in case the respondents continue to snub the DOJ hearings, the cases would be resolved on the basis solely of the SEC complaint.

SEC Chairperson and CEO Emilio Benito Aquino stated in an interview with some media ater the hearing, that they are working with other government agencies to go after an unnamed individual who, according to reports, is supposedly now in possession of the bulk of the group's funds.

The SEC Chairman, however, declined to comment when asked or details, as well as the possibility that the money is still in the Philippines as some reports revealed that KAPA's worth is more than billions of Peso.

Aquino just responded by saying "There are other agencies who are more competent to answer that question," Aquino said.

During the hearing, Aquino informed the prosecution panel that the addresses officially stated by the KAPA officials in its General Information Statement (GIS) was used by the SEC in its complaint, even as the DOJ inquired as to the possibility of other known addresses of the respondents.

Aside from the case filed by the DOJ against KAPA founder Pastor Joel Apolinario, on Monday, the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 16 issued a precautionary hold departure order (PHDO) against all eight officers and board members led by Pastor Joel Apolinario.

Also covered by the PHDO are KAPA trustee Margie A. Danao and corporate secretary Reyna L. Apolinario, Marisol M. Diaz, Adelfa Fernandico, Moises Mopia, Catherine Evangelista and Rene Catubigan.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier sought the criminal prosecution of the officials for engaging in the investment scheme without authority from the regulatory body.

KAPA has enticed its members to donate at least PHP10,000 in exchange for a 30 percent monthly “blessing” or “love gift” for life, without having to do anything other than invest and wait for the payout.

The SEC said the scheme being perpetrated by KAPA involved the sale or offering for sale or distribution to the public of securities, in the form of investment contracts as defined under Section 3 of the Securities Regulation Code (SRC). KAPA just explained that they are not involved in any investments because their members only donated and received blessings in return of donations.

It said the respondents violated Section 8 (8.1) of the SRC, which prohibits the selling or offering for sale or distribution of securities without a registration statement filed and duly approved by the SEC.

It added that the respondents violated Section 8 of the SRC which states that “no person shall be engaged in the business of buying or selling securities in the Philippines as a broker or dealer, or act as a salesman, or an associated person of any broker or dealer unless registered with the SEC.”

The SEC is also asking the DOJ to prosecute Kapa for employing a Ponzi scheme, which is considered a fraudulent transaction prohibited under Section 26 of the SRC.


Source: PNA

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