THREE complainants yesterday withdrew the syndicated estafa charges they filed against the officers of the Kapa Community Ministry International Inc.
Complainants Kim Ampo and Judith Ledicho submitted an affidavit of desistance that serves as a waiver to pursue civil indemnity during the resumption of the Department of Justice’s hearing of the charges.
According to the lawyer of the third complainant, Virginia Ampo, his client is also willing to sign a n affidavit of desistance.
The complainants said they voluntarily joined Kapa and donated money out of their own freewill.
“Dahil sa kagustuhan kong maibahagi ang mga grasya na aking natatanggap mula sa Panginoon, ako ay kusang-loob na nagbigay ng donasyon sa halagang P10,000 at P35,000 sa Kapa upang pandagdag sa mga gastusin sa aming mga misyon na makatulong sa aming mga kapuspalad na kapatid,” one of complainants stated in the affidavit.
“Binigay ko ang aking donasyon nang kusang-loob. Hindi ako pinangakuan kahit nino man na kahit ano mang kita o tubo o kahit anong kapalit na pinansyal,” the other said.
The NBI filed the complaint against Kapa founder Pastor Joel Apolinario and 13 other officers for eight counts of violation of Presidential Decree 1689 and violation of Republic Act 8799 or Securities and Regulation Code (SRC).
The others tagged in the estafa charges were Apolinario’s wife and Kappa’s corporate secretary Reyna, Nelia Niño, Maria Pella Sevilla, Jouelyn del Castillo, Cristobal Barabad, Joji Jusay, Reyna Apolinario, Modie Dagala, Benigno Tipan, Jr., Marnilyn Maturan, Ricky Taer, Margie Danao, and another unidentified individual.
The NBI said the respondents are officers and employees of Kapa with offices located in Sarangani province, Quezon City, and Taytay, Rizal, who “directly transacted” with the private complainants and other “investors.”
The National Bureau of Investigation filed charges for alleged violation of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) code against Kapa.
The SEC revoked Kapa’s certificate of registration last June for “engaging in a Ponzi-type scheme” and fraudulently selling investments without the required government license.