KAPA Community Ministry donors want President Duterte impeached

It seems that KAPA Community Ministry International members are still not giving up in pushing the government to make their religious group operational again.

A donor of KAPA identified to be Rhema International Livelihood Foundation Inc. filed charges against the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and President Rodrigo Duterte on June 21.

Rhema International Livelihood Foundation Inc. or Cirfund is composed of KAPA donors.

They demanded 3 billion pesos in damages, SEC Chairman Emilio Aquino’s dismissal from office and also President Duterte’s impeachment.

The said KAPA donor argued that President Duterte should be impeached for interfering with a religious organization.

Rhema also said that SEC only followed Duterte’s opinion without hearing the side of KAPA.

“Let all private respondents—Rodrigo R. Duterte and Chairman Emilio B. Aquino, chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC)—pay the compensatory damages amounting to P3,000,000,000.00 for destroying Cirfund, an online platform project of Rhema International Livelihood Foundation Inc. and be dismissed from office and the President be submitted for an impeachment proceedings for culpable violation of Art. II Sec. 6 and Art. III known as the Bill of Rights of the Philippine Constitution.” the petition reads.

Several weeks ago President Duterte ordered the closure of KAPA and they also ordered to search for Pastor Joel Apolinario’s location.

Meanwhile, KAPA insisted that they’re not doing any illegal activities and only helping their 5-M members to escape poverty.

Senator Antonio Trillanes IV also urged KAPA members before to file charges against President Duterte for violating their religious freedom.

 

Leah Navarro questions free MRT-3, LRT-2 and PNR ride for students: “Bakit kailangan pa ng new IDs?”

While many netizens are rejoicing over the “Student Free Ride” for MRT-3, LRT-2, and PNR, several critics of the current administration expressed their doubt in the said plan program.

Filipino Singer Leah Navarro is one of the critics of the government who made a different response over the announcement of Department of Transportation (DOTr) that the students starting next month could save P50 a day under their new program.

Navarro questioned why the students still need to acquire a new ID while they already have a student ID to show to prove that they’re studying.

She added that the government could not be trusted because of honesty issues.

“Huh? Why bother with new IDs when students already have school IDs? How much is DOTr paying for these new IDs? This gov’t isn’t known for its honesty.” Navarro said.

Several netizens also complained about the new ID being asked by the government for the free ride.

“ID na naman!” @nappynanny said.

“the kid’s student ID should be enough – this gov is so fond of extra IDS, it’s sh*tty redtapey service,” @xpeanutgalleryx said.

https://twitter.com/xpeanutgalleryx/status/1144142133911179264

According to DOTr, the students for the first stage of the free ride program only need to present their school IDs. However, in the upcoming months, they need to have a Student Free Ride I.D that they could acquire by applying online or visiting a Malasakit Center Desk located at train stations.

According to the presentation by DOTr, Student Free Ride I.D will show the name of the student, name of the school, student number, control number, and grade level.

They didn’t give specific details if the students need to renew the ID.

The revenue loss expected by the government to implement the said program could amount P130-M a year.

 

 

 

How to avail “Student Free Ride Program” for MRT-3, LRT-2 and PNR

Department of Transportation (DOTr) announced a program that would give free rides in MRT-3, LRT-2, PNR for students.

According to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, the “Student Free Ride Program” would encourage students to go to school earlier as you could only ride MRT-3, LRT-2, and PNR without charges in the said schedule.

PNR – 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday to Friday except for Holidays)

MRT-3 – 5 a.m.. to 6.30 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday except for Holidays)

LRT-2 4:30 a.m. to 6 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday except for Holidays)

“Hinihikayat nating pumasok ng maaga sa paaralan ang mga estudyante kapalit niyan ay libreng pamasahe,” Tugade said.

“As we give benefits, we are trying to create a culture na dapat kabahagi ng isang mag-aaral,” he added.

The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) also announced free terminal fees in airports for students starting August 1.

Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) also made the said program, giving free terminal fees for students.

HOW TO AVAIL THE STUDENT FREE RIDE PROGRAM

According to DOTr, students from pre-school to college (undergraduate only) and those who are taking vocational or technical courses may avail the said free ride.

For the first month of the implementation which is in July, the students only need to present their valid school ID to get a free ride.

However, after the first stage of the implementation of the program, the students already required to get a Free Ride ID. You can apply a for an ID only or you are required to visit a “Malasakit Help Desk” that you could find in MRT-3, LRT-2, and PNR stations.

The online registration for the Free Ride ID will start on Friday, June 28. You can visit the website here.

Tugade said that they don’t mind the possible loss of revenues because the welfare of the students is more important for the government.

According to an LRT official, a revenue worth P130-M may lose because of the said program.

“Sabi ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte, maging bahagi tayo sa edukasyon ng ating mga kabataan, sapagkat education is the foundation of growth of any nation. Ineengganyo natin ang mga estudyanteng magkaroon ng kultura ng punctuality, kapalit niyan ang libreng pamasahe at terminal fee,” Secretary Tugade said.

“Let us look at this as a gain, not as a loss. Tingnan natin ito bilang isang tunay na pagmamalasakit ng gobyerno. Tingnan natin kung gaano nito matutulungan ang ating mga estudyante. Malaking katipiran ito. Malaking tulong ito para sa kanila at sa kanilang mga pamilya,” he added.

According to Tugade, they’re also preparing for the possible congestions and planning to analyze carefully the first three months of the implementation of the Free Student Ride Program.

Tugade also said that the students who would avail the free ride program could save P50 daily.

 

 

Imee Marcos to get Senate room of Trillanes: “Kailangan basbasan ang office ko!”

Senator-elect Imee Marcos said that she would cleanse her upcoming room in the Senate which currently being used by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.

Marcos said that she got the room of Sen. Trillanes through a raffle they participated on Tuesday after the Senate orientation.

The outgoing Ilocos Norte governor also said that she’s going to call some Igorot to dance at Trillanes’ room before the 18th Congress starts.

“Siguro magpapatawag ako ng mga Igorot namin dahil kailangan basbasan ang office ko dahil kay Sen. Trillanes ata ang nabunot. Iyun na lang natira, nahuli yata ang tao ko. Sabi bunutan eh,” Marcos told reporters.

“Iyun na lang ang natira so kung papayag si Sen. Trillanes, sasabihin ko kay Sonny makikisayaw kami sa mga Igorot namin para mabendisyunan ng todo.” she added.

Igorot dance is being done if someone is asking for either bountiful harvest, healing, or economic progress.

Senator-Elect Christopher “Bong” Go who also attended the orientation and picked the room of outgoing Sen. Gregorio Honasan suggested that Marcos should also call for a priest to bless the room of Trillanes.

Meanwhile, Senator Trillanes is seems irritated by the recent statements of Marcos, saying that it’s hypocritical if the upcoming lawmaker is insinuating that he’s a bad person.

“If she’s saying it to insinuate na masama akong tao, then sobrang ka-ipokritohan naman yun,” Trillanes said.

Marcos is one of the closest political allies of President Duterte, while Trillanes is a fierce critic of the current administration.

Incoming Senator Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa will get the office of incoming Taguig Rep. Alan Peter Cayetano, while Francis Tolentino will get the Senate room of JV Ejercito.

Basilan TESDA director caught for possession of explosives

The authorities have caught the Provincial Director of Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Basilan for possessing an IED and materials for making explosives Tuesday.

In the report from CIDG Region 9, the authorities who are carrying a search warrant found the dangerous materials, such as electronic blasting cap and ammunition at Provincial Director Muida Hataman’s house in Barangay San Rafael, Isabela City, Basilan.

They immediately investigated Hataman when they found that she’s a wife of one of the sub-commanders of Abu Sayaff identified as Radzmir Janatul.

TESDA released a statement saying that they would not tolerate such acts.

“For the information of the public, Hataman was hired as Supervising Technical Education and Skills Development (TESD) Specialist in July 2012 and was promoted as Director III in August 2013. She has been assigned in Basilan since then as Provincial Director.” TESDA Secretary Sid Lapena said.

“The agency is saddened by this incident, mindful that this may send the wrong messages to the sector that we serve. However, I will not tolerate any wrongdoings and rest assured that TESDA will cooperate in the investigation,” he added.

Hataman would be quickly removed from his position as Provincial Director.

Malacanang is not yet giving a statement over what happened to Hataman.

 

DPWH soon to award OPS for P5.5-B Boracay Bridge

The Department of Public Works and Highways said that they’re soon to finish the evaluation of the P5.5-B Boracay bridge which aims to connect the famous island to Panay.

San Miguel Corporation (SMC) is seen to be granted approval to start the project. Once the original proponent status (OPS) already finalized, DPWH would bring it to NEDA to get its final approval.

We’re still finalizing the OPS. We are still processing it. We can expect the OPS definitely soon,” DPWH Secretary Mark Villar said.

According to the project description, Boracay Bridge aims to:

1: To provide a reliable transportation means to Panay Island from Boracay Island which is optimized for the transportation using a bridge rather than ferries.

2: To provide a safe evacuation route for the people from Boracay Island when Typhoon approaches the island.

3: To prevent the sea and the land from being polluted by sewage water and preserve the environment of Boracay by moving out wastes as soon as they are generated To transport the waste generated in Boracay Island to Panay Island and supply water to Boracay Island through a water supply pipeline to be constructed on the proposed bridge.

4: To supply power and telecommunication through their pipelines to be constructed on the proposed bridge.

Boracay is expected to attract more tourist after President Rodrigo Duterte successfully rehabilitated the said island.

Some people who supported the proposed project said that the Boracay Bridge will also decongest the main island.

Currently, people need to access Boracay by boat and they need to pay 100 pesos for a terminal fee plus 25 pesos for the boat fare.

 

 

 

Pastor Apolinario refuses to surrender: Mga miyembro ko lang ang makakapag palabas sa akin!

Pastor Joel Apolinario who founded KAPA Community Ministry International insisted that he would not surrender to the authorities despite the search operation already launched against him by the Philippine National Police (PNP) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

In a radio interview, Apolinario said that he would not surrender to the authorities unless his members asked him to appear in public.

“Naniniguro lang po. Hindi naman sa diskumpiyado ako pero nananatili pa rin sa isipan ko ang aking kaligtasan,” Apolinario said.

“Sabagay, darating din ang panahon na kung gusto na ng mga members na ako ay lumantad para sa kanila ay pati buhay ko po itataya ko po basta para sa kagustuhan ng mga members.” he added.

He also said that it’s already impossible for him to return the money that he already gave to his members.

“Ang problema – papaano ko pa makukuha ang mga perang naibigay ko na sa aking mga members kung ang mga perang yun ay nagamit na nila sa pagbili ng bahay, pagbili ng sasakyan, naibayad na nila sa tuition, sa pagpapagamot, pagbili ng medisina, pagkain at sa iba pang pinagkagastusan?” Apolinario said.

It was reported that the KAPA founder already gathered P50-B pesos from his members.

But Apolinario insisted that the freeze order made by the government to his assets worth P100-M only are already enough for him to stop distributing “monthly blessings” to his members.

“Kung hindi kami pagbigyan nang pagkakataon na makapag-operate muli ‘yong aming ministry talagang sasabihin na namin na parang suntok sa buwan na ‘yon dahil hindi ko na makukuha rin yong mga naibigay ko sa mga tao,” Apolinario said.

Sen. Bato willing to help KAPA members: “Let me talk to your founder Pastor Apolinario”

Senator-elect Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa said that he’s willing to help the members of KAPA Community Ministry International.

On his Facebook post, Dela Rosa said that he already talked to President Rodrigo Duterte personally to relayed the stories of some members having concerns because of the money that they previously invested to the religious group founded by Pastor Joel Apolinario.

Bato expressed his willingness to talk to Pastor Apolinario so he could send the message of President to him and fix the things about KAPA.

Several weeks ago, KAPA issue became the headline of several media networks after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the said religious group.

“Sa mga miembro sa Kapa nga nangayo ug tabang nga ipaabot nako kang Pres Duterte ang inyong kaguol ako na syang nastorya,” Bato said.

(To all members of KAPA, don’t worry I already talked to President Duterte about your stories, and that I’m also saddened by what happened to some of you).

“Tabangi ko ninyo nga makastorya si Pastor Apolinario para maipaabot nako sa iyaha ang gusto ni PRRD. Tabangi ko ninyo nga matabangan ta mo,” he added.

(Please help me so I can talk to Pastor Apolinario, so I can relay the message of President Duterte to him. You help me, I’ll help you)

Apolinario is not yet responding to Bato’s request as of writing.

KAPA was questioned because of offering 30% investment rates to its members “donations.”

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) also ordered to freeze P100-M assets owned by Apolinario.

Meanwhile, several members of KAPA organized a prayer rally to convince President Duterte to allow their religious group to cooperate.

KAPA members also claimed that they made Imee Marcos, Christopher Bong Go, and Dela Rosa won the senatorial elections, boasting that they got 5-M members.

KAPA Founder Apolinario on returning money to members: “Suntok sa buwan”

KAPA Community Ministry International founder Pastor Joel Apolinario admitted in a radio interview that it’s almost impossible for him to return the money of the people who donated or invested to his religious group.

In an interview with DZBB, Apolinario blamed that the order of the Court of Appeals (COA) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to freeze his assets worth P100-M and several luxury vehicles.

However, if the claims of SEC are valid, KAPA already has gotten P50-B from its members.

But where is the remaining 49.9-B? That is what the SEC is looking.

Apolinario also added that all of his businesses already stopped operating because of the court order even his fishpond.

“Kung hindi kami pagbigyan nang pagkakataon na makapag-operate muli ‘yong aming ministry talagang sasabihin na namin na parang suntok sa buwan na ‘yon dahil hindi ko na makukuha rin yong mga naibigay ko sa mga tao,” Apolinario said.

He also insisted that what they’re doing is legal.

Meanwhile, the government encouraged the people to file a complaint against Apolinario so they can recover the money they invested in the religious group.

However, several loyalists of Apolinario said that they’re going to push the government to return KAPA and even planning to support their pastor in the 2022 presidential elections.

Sen. Bato speaks about KAPA: I wish Apolinario returns his members money

Senator-elect Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa finally spoke about the issue regarding KAPA Community Ministry International, showing concern on the situation of the members who lost their money.

In an interview, Dela Rosa expressed his sadness over the victims of KAPA, wishing that there’s still a chance for them to recover the hard-earned money that they donated or invested to the religious group founded by a former construction worker and now Pastor Joel Apolinario.

He also said that only President Duterte could decide on the fate of KAPA.

“Naluoy ko sa mga miyembro nga wala mabalik ang kwarta pero kung muingon ug pakialaman nako ang decisyon sa Presidente (President Rodrigo Duterte) that’s purely executive in nature (I really feel for the members who cannot get back their money but if I would ask the President, that decision is purely executive in nature),” Dela Rosa said.

“So hulaton lang nato kung unsay sunod niyang lakang kung duna pa siyay pagahimuon (Maybe we will wait for the President’s next move),” he added.

However, he would not waste any opportunity to ask Apolinario about the fate of KAPA members’ investment if there’s a chance for them to meet each other in the future.

Some members of KAPA even sold their lands and other sources of income like Carabaos just to donate in the religious group after Apolinario promised to give their members a 30% monthly interest rate.

Bato wished that Apolinario can still return the money to his members even without any interest included.

“Hopefully if given the chance I would ask what he (Apolinario) can say about any chance of returning the money of the members,” he said.

The former head of PNP who’s now an upcoming Senator denied in the past interviews that he received any money from KAPA during the campaign.

KAPA assets were frozen following the order of the Court of Appeals.

President Duterte also ordered to close down KAPA.