DOJ creates another panel to probe syndicated estafa case vs Kapa execs
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has created another panel of prosecutors to investigate the syndicated estafa case filed by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against officers of Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. (Kapa) for its alleged involvement in an investment scam.
In Office Order No. 1458 released to the media Tuesday, newly appointed Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento designated five prosecutors to conduct the preliminary investigation on the NBI’s complaint against Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario and 13 other Kapa officials for eight counts of violation of Presidential Decree 1689 and violation of Republic Act 8799 or Securities and Regulation Code (SRC).
The panel is composed of Assistant State Prosecutor Ma. Lourdes Uy as chair of the panel with ASPs Consuelo Corazon Pazziuagan, Xerxes Garcia and Jeanette Dacpano and Asst. Prosecution Atty. Luis Miguel Flores
The DOJ official directed the panel to file the cases before the appropriate courts “when warranted by evidence” after the preliminary investigation hearings.
Aside from Apolinario, the NBI complaint named as respondents Nonita Urbano, Junnie Apolinario, Nelia Niño, Maria Pella Sevilla, Jouelyn Del Castillo, Cristobal Barabad, Joji Jusay, Reyna Apolinario, Modie Dagala, Benigno Tipan, Jr., Marnilyn Maturan, Ricky Taer, Margie Danao, and other unidentified individuals.
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