Cebu office of KAPA ministry robbed, burnt down

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Cebu City (CNN Philippines, June 8) — Authorities are looking for at least 10 armed men who robbed and burned the office building of the controversial KAPA (Kabus Padatoon Translation: making the poor rich) Community Ministry International in Compostela town, Cebu.

Town Police Captain Ian Macatangay said that 21 of its in-house employees were robbed by at least 10 armed men, who barged inside its compound in Barangay Poblacion, Compostela some 24 kilometers north of Cebu City on Saturday.

All of the 21 in-house employees were robbed of their belongings, including cellphones, laptops and cash.

The police chief also said that some of the employees claim the vault of the establishment was also carted away by the armed men before burning the building dawn Saturday.

But upon initial investigation, Macatangay said another vault was still intact at burned building. They are yet checking if there are two vaults in the establishment.

Firefighters in Compostela town recorded the fire alarm at 1:45 a.m.

Witnesses told the police and the fire investigators that the flames quickly spread throughout the building because the armed men poured gasoline all over the area.

The police said they are also trying to secure the CCTV footages if they are still usable to identify the masked perpetrators.

Macatangay said he was able to talk with some of the KAPA leaders and was told the motive might be financial, and suspects might be disgruntled officers or members of its ministry.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in an interview with religious leader Apollo Quiboloy on Saturday, named KAPA as one of the agencies that he accused of pyramid scam.

"Huminto kayo kasi 'pag sinobra, putok dito, putok doon, putok dito, putok doon. Wala akong sundalo pati pulis ganun karami. Then, let it not be said that I did not warn you. You guys in the pyramiding, pity your family and your children," he said.

[Translation: You better stop beause if you don't, things could happen. I do not have a lot of soldiers of police. Then, let it not be said that I did not warn you. You guys in the pyramiding, pity your family and your children.]

The Securities and Exchange Commission in April revoked KAPA's certificate of corporate registration for unauthorized solicitation of investments.

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