Thousands of Kapa members join Gensan rally against gov’t crackdown

Robie de Guzman   •   June 13, 2019   •   2251

Members of the Kapa Community Ministry International on Thursday gathered in a prayer rally in General Santos City in Mindanao to appeal against the government’s crackdown on the group’s alleged investment scam.

Thousands of the group’s members coming from different areas in Luzon and Visayas arrived at the Sports Complex, Calumpang since Wednesday to join the event.

The rally was held after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered an intensified crackdown against the group’s alleged operation of investment scams.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) earlier said criminal complaints will be filed against the officials of Kapa Ministry for operating a fraudulent investment scheme.

READ: SEC: Criminal raps to be filed vs Kapa Ministry\

SEC Chairman Emilio Aquino said Kapa Ministry solicited what it called “donations,” promising returns as high as 30 percent per month without the appropriate secondary license for investment products.

The commission already issued an advisory against Kapa’s activities in March 2017 and a cease-and-desist order in February 2019.

The Court of Appeals (CA) earlier ordered the freezing of several bank accounts and other assets linked to Kapa upon the petition of the SEC and the Anti-Money Laundering Council.

Amid the crackdown, some of Kapa members belied that their investment scheme was a scam.

Kapa president and co-founder, pastor Joel Apolinario has yet to show up in the group’s gathering in General Santos City.

He, however, sent a message explaining to his members that he chose not to attend Thursday’s rally to avoid any chaos should authorities try to arrest him during the event.

Rene Catubigan, an official lecturer of Kapa Ministry, claimed that Apolinario will meet with Duterte when he arrives in Davao City later Thursday. The president is scheduled to travel to General Santos City on June 13 to attend a public engagement.

Catubigan said Apolinario is likely to personally explain Kapa’s investment scheme and appeal to the president to stop the crackdown against their group.

“Ang mga representative ng Kapa, if not the founder himself, pupunta sa Davao at makikipagkita sa ating mahal na pangulo,” he said.

“Hindi siguro ako ang right person [to say it] pero my speculation is that they will be talking about the legalities of Kapa if there are any changes,” he added.

Kapa Ministry members hope that the president will listen to their plea. (with details from Janice Ingente)

Palace opposes Urban Dictionary definition of ‘Duterte’

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 20, 2019

The Malacañang refuted the Urban Dictionary for defining ‘Duterte’ as ‘to scam, trick, or con.

During a press briefing on Tuesday (Aug 20), Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo will seek to counter the definition on the website.

“‘Duterte’ to us means honest, incorruptible, politically-willed person, courageous, selfless, honest, transparent and all good things…and other synonymous terms,” Panelo said.

The definition was uploaded by an unknown internet user one month ago. Urban Dictionary is crowd-sourced online dictionary for slang words and phrases.

Panelo suspects, the uploader might be a member of anti-Duterte groups.—AAC

Palace: Duterte in good health, went motorcycle-riding over the weekend

Robie de Guzman   •   August 19, 2019

File: President Rodrigo Duterte

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday assured that President Rodrigo Duterte is in good health despite being out of the public eye for more than a week now.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo made the statement amid concerns on Duterte’s health and absence in the past week.

He added that Duterte even went for a motorcycle ride in Davao City over the weekend.

“In fact, he shared to me yesterday, sabi nya, ‘Alam mo ba na I went out sa motorsiklo?’ Nag motorsiklo daw siya sa subdivision niya. Hindi ko na alam kung kahapon yun o the day before,” he said.

“It only shows na kung nakaka-motor siya, he’s in good health,” he added.

Duterte was last seen in public on August 9 when he attended a police event in Camp Crame in Quezon City.  

Panelo said that when not attending any public engagement, the chief executive deals with paperwork and private meetings.

“Ang sabi niya, marami siyang trabaho na mga papeles, binabasa niya isa-isa. Hindi siya makapirma ng hindi niya thoroughly reading these papers,” Panelo said.

“At the same time, meron siyang mga private meetings and courtesy call,” he added.

The president’s health has been a recurring issue given his age.

At 74, Duterte is the oldest to be elected Philippine president in history.

He previously revealed he was suffering from Barret’s esophagus or medically known as gastroesophageal reflux disease, as well as perpetual pain due to a spine injury and constipation. (with details from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte reactivates El Niño task force

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 16, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte

President Rodrigo Duterte reactivated the El Niño task force this week after reports of recurrence of El Niño phenomenon.

The Memorandum No. 38, signed by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea on Tuesday (Aug 13) aims to mitigate the effects of El Niño.

“Recent monitoring and analyses of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) indicate that the warm sea surface temperature fully developed into the El Niño phenomenon,” according to the memorandum.

READ: PAGASA: 17 provinces face drought due to El Niño

The task force will submit a monthly report to the president through the executive secretary on the implementation of the memorandum order.

PAGASA previously said the dry spell might continue until August.—AAC

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