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DOJ creates another panel to probe syndicated estafa case vs Kapa execs

/ 07:24 PM July 23, 2019
Kapa’s Apolinario: From DJ to chopper-riding pastor

LEAP OF FAITH AND FORTUNE Joel Apolinario eked out a living as a fisherman, construction worker and disc jockey before founding a religious corporation that now claims to have five million members. Accused of running an investment scam by no less than President Duterte, Apolinario addressed his followers in a mammoth prayer rally in General Santos City on Thursday. —KAPA MINISTRY’S FACEBOOK

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).

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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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