Kapa Ministry closes office in Jagna; arson try of Guindulman branch caught on CCTV

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Kapa Ministry closes office in Jagna; arson try of Guindulman branch caught on CCTV

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The Kapa Community Ministry International, Inc. in Jagna has closed its office following a directive from President Duterte to arrest officials of the corporation, which has veiled itself as a religious group, over allegations it was involved in an investment scam.

According to Captain Ervin Villen chief of the Jagna Police Station, they received information that a Kapa office operated in the town prompting operatives from the station to proceed to the location supposedly to order its shutdown on Monday.

However, the office was closed during the police operation.

“Pag validate nato ganina we found out na ang office nila diri sa Jagna is already closed pero we’re still trying to come up with measures about ani. We know di ta kasud sud dayon sa office ani kay we need a search warrant as well,” said Villen.

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The Kapa operations have been tagged by authorities as a P-50 billion scam while the Securities and Exchange Commission has revoked the group’s certificate of incorporation for serious misrepresentation.

SEC chairman Emilio Aquino alleged on Monday that Kapa was engaged in a Ponzi scheme.

“Kapa this considered as a scam kay ang ilahang claim is they are a church which is not the case. Naa badiay church na mo promise og mo hatag ka;g investment for example P30,000 mo doble na siya. Naa ba diay simbahan na ingana. Ang atoang Simbahan kung huna-hunaon nato mo-donate man g’yud ta’g kwarta pero wala nay in return so kaning Kapa Ministry they are claiming na church sila and ang paagi nila is kaning gina-invest na kwarta sa mga members nila they are saying na it will be doubled,” said Villen.

Villen called on those who have invested with Kapa to present themselves before the police so they may be assisted.

“Usa pud sa panawagan namo ani, mas maayo na magsumbong nalang sila mo gawas nalang sila kay kung unsa man galiy claims nila ani, matabangan sila,” he said.

He admitted that police have yet to identify a single victim of the alleged investment scam.

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According to Villen, they have also not yet pinpointed who has been behind Kapa’s operations in Jagna and the province of Bohol.

“Wa pa tay accurate information kung kinsay gagunit or operator g’yud diri sa tibuok Bohol kay sa akong nahibaw-an naa gyuy nagpasulod nila diri, wala silay gikuhang permit diri sa atoa, naa pud tay nasusi na wa g’yud sila nagkuha og business permit,” Villen said.

The police in Jagna will continue to monitor the Kapa’s office and possible activities of the group including recruitment within the town, he added.

Fire in Guindulman office

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In Gundulman, still unidentified suspects allegedly tried to set fire to a Kapa office in the wee hourse of Saturday.

According to Staff Sgt. Ronilo Olasiman of the Guindulman Police Station, one Florencio Olamet, 74, who claimed to be the office’s manager, reported the incident to the authorities.

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Olamet told police that a man accompanied by five other men who alighted from a white van was captured on closed circuit-television camera as he threw a bottle, which was suspected to be a molotov cocktail, towards the office in an apparent arson attempt.

“Sa among analysis bisag gas ba to gisud gisud botilya mao naka create siya’g sunog,” said Olasiman

However, the fire did not spread to the office and cause damage as it died on its own even before authorities responded.

Olasiman said that investigators continued their probe on the case while they are still awaiting orders on possible action against the Kapa office. (A. Doydora)

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