KAPA Ministry assure its founder won't leave the country

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 15) — The KAPA Community Ministry spokesperson said the religious group's founder will not leave the country.

This is amid the Immigration Lookout Bulletin Order issued against KAPA founder Pastor Joel Apolinario, and other major incorporators and officers of the group that President Rodrigo Duterte has accused of operating an investment scam.

"Wala siyang planong tumakas at talagang gusto niyang harapin yung kinakaharap niyang dapat kaharapin na kaso," KAPA Community Ministry Spokesperson Danny Mangahas told reporters.

[Translation: He has no plans to leave because he really wants to face the cases he needs to face.]

He added that they are waiting for the pending case from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

"Mahigit isang linggo na po naming inaantay na kakasuhan kami para naman makasagot na kami ng pormal doon sa inaakusa ng SEC sa amin," Mangahas added.

[Translation: We have been waiting for more than a week for the case so we can formally answer the accusations of the SEC.]

KAPA is being accused of running an investment scam under the guise of being a religious group, for encouraging its members to donate a minimum of P10,000 as a so-called "love gift."

Members are promised 30 percent of the donation as a monthly pay-out, which they call a "blessing for life."

The group continues to appeal to President Rodrigo Duterte to give them due process during the investigation.

"Mr. President, kailan po ba naging kasalanan ang tumulong sa mga mahihirap? Kawawa naman po kami, parang nagiging anti-poor na po tayo," Mangahas said.

[Translation: Mr. President, when has it been a sin to help the poor? Have mercy on us, please don't be anti-poor.]

In a speech Thursday, President Rodrigo Duterte said even benefactors, sponsors of KAPA can be arrested for large scale estafa.

READ: Duterte says benefactors, sponsors in KAPA will be arrested