Wala kasing milyon nagprotesta! Panelo says Duterte to file charges vs Apolinario even if it means breaking hearts of KAPA believers
President Rodrigo Duterte is not worried losing the support of members of the religious group Kapa Community Ministry International Inc. after he ordered its shutdown for alleged involvement in pyramiding schemes.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo downplayed Kapa members’ call for Duterte to reconsider the shutdown.
“Ang naririnig lang natin sa TV, iyong mga nagsasalita, pailan-ilan eh. There are millions ‘di ba, ang miyembro diyan sabi nila,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.
“Eh kung makita mo iyong milyon nasa kalsada, iyon ang we can say na they are outraged and they are all against it. Pero kung one, two, three, four lang, hindi naman natin alam iyon,” he added.
Thousands of Kapa members on Thursday afternoon joined a prayer rally in General Santos City to appeal Duterte’s shutdown on the group’s investment operations.
When asked if there is a chance that Duterte may change his mind and listen to Kapa members, Panelo insisted that the religious group may face charges for large-scale estafa.
“As far as the President is concerned, there’s a continuing crime of swindling or estafa,” Panelo said.
“Na kay Presidente iyan. Pero basta iyan ang line ni President. Kasi you have to look at his position. Ang posisyon niya, as far as he is concerned, there is a continuing crime. Kaya nga pinasarado niya eh,” he added.
The Securities and Exchange Commission earlier flagged Kapa for allegedly soliciting investments in the form of donations and at a monthly interest rate of 30 percent.
Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario denied the allegations, insisting that Kapa is a legitimate religious organization. (PNA)