Thousands of KAPA members en route to prayer rally in GenSan

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 12) — Thousands of Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. members in North Cotabato started their journey Wednesday ahead of a two-day prayer rally in General Santos City.

Hundreds of trucks and private cars began lining up in gas stations in the capital Kidapawan City to load up for the trip, causing traffic to build up along the Davao-Cotabato National Highway.

A car owner who joined the trip to General Santos City said the organizers allotted ₱1,500 each car for fuel.

The government of General Santos City issued permits for the rallies scheduled June 13 and 14.

KAPA, led by founder Pastor Joel Apolinario, has come under fire for allegedly running an investment scam.

An advisory from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) said KAPA was enticing the public to invest in the guise of a “Deed of Donation” or “Certificate of Membership” with a promise of 30 percent interest every month for life.

President Rodrigo Duterte has directed the National Bureau of Investigation to crack down on groups involved in such investment schemes.

KAPA said it is open to investigation and denied it is running a scam.

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KAPA members, meanwhile, hope Duterte will reconsider his decision to close the organization.

Stringer Abner Francisco contributed to this report.