THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) yesterday vowed to file criminal charges by next week against Kapa Community Ministry International over its alleged involvement in an investment scam.
The NBI eyed the timeline in the filing of the cases after conducting last Monday a nationwide raid of the religious group’s offices with search warrants.
“Basta yung na-serve namin na search warrants last Monday definitely by next week naka-file na lahat yung corresponding case,” said NBI National Capital Region (NBI-NCR) Regional Director Cesar Bacani.
Bacani said the respondents in the complaints will include those named in its registration, the incorporators, the board of directors, officers, and other persons who were not named but actively participated in the Kapa operation.
Meanwhile, NBI spokesman Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin noted that the raids were conducted in response to the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte to shut down Kapa.
“We should be thankful we have a very smart President. Pre-emptory move ito,” Lavin said
“Kadalasan dito we would come into the picture as a reactionary move,” he noted.
Lavin said there were similar investment scams in the past but the NBI would only act once the victims filed complaints.
President Duterte recently issued an order to shut down Kapa and other similar groups for alleged involvement in investment scams.
According to the Securities and Exchange Commission, Kapa was running a Ponzi scheme in which existing investors are paid with funds from new investors.
Malacanang dismissed as “nonsensical and pompous” the suggestion of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV for members of the Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. (KAPA) to file an impeachment complaint against President Rodrigo Duterte for shutting down its operations because of its alleged involvement in investment scam.
“Other than saying that the latest ranting of the incorrigible shameless former military renegade is as usual nonsensical and pompous, it is undeserving of a response,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvdaor Panelo said in a statement.
Trillanes on Friday said members of the Surigao del Sur-based religious corporation could file an impeachment complaint against Duterte and a class suit against the government.
Duterte earlier ordered an investigation and shut down Kapa operations for its alleged involvement in investment scams.
Panelo earlier urged the people “defrauded” by Kapa to file charges against the religious organization.
Meanwhile Trillanes urged the government to temporarily allow Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. (Kapa) to operate in order for the management to return the money it collected from its members.
“Para sa gobyerno, habang iniimbestigahan nila kung ano man ang violation, payagan ang Kapa na mag-operate temporarily, at least 30 days, para mabigyan ito ng pagkakataong isaoli ang mga naiiwang pera na hawak nila para sa kanilang myembro,” said Trillanes.
“Gayundin, sa lalong madaling panahon, gumawa ang gobyerno ng inventory ng mga nakuha nilang pera or property mula sa Kapa at gumawa ng distribution plan para sa pag distribute nito sa mga myembro ng Kapa,” he added.
Trillanes said if the information that Kapa was registered at SEC as a religious organization and the investment given by their members are “donations”, the government has no right to stop their operation because of the constitutional guarantee of religious freedom.
With Marlon Purificacion