It has been reported by several news outlets yesterday that an organization with interest in KAPA Community Ministry International (aka KAPA) has lodged a case in the Supreme Court last June 21, 2019.
In defense of KAPA, the petitioner has sought judicial review in the Supreme Court by filing a petition for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus in the face of the cease-and-desist order and closure order being implemented by the government through the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The respondents of the case include PNP chief Oscar Albayalde, NBI Director Dante Gierran, CIDG, Sunstar Cebu and Rappler Inc.
The petitioner is identified as a KAPA donor, Rhema International Livelihood Foundation Inc., also known as Cirfund. Cirfund specifically requests the Supreme Court to suspend the implementation of the closure order issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission and to allow KAPA to resume its operations.
Cirfund is also praying for damages in the amount of Three Million Pesos (PHP 3,000,000.00) representing damages it suffered due to the closure of operations KAPA against Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte and SEC Chairman Emilio Aquino. The group also wants to impeach the president from his post for alleged culpable violation of the constitution particularly Art. II Sec. 6, which states that “The separation of Church and State shall be inviolable.” It also contends that the president may be impeached for violation of Art. III of the Constitution or the Bill of Rights.
It may be recalled that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has already filed a criminal case for syndicated estafa against KAPA officials led by Pastor Joel Apolinario for operating an alleged investment scam under the guise of a religious group. Since the closure of its operations in South and Central Mindanao, members of the alleged religious group in General Santos City, Talisay City, and Quezon City have held prayer rallies in the hope imploring Pres. Rodrigo R. Duterte to let KAPA resume its operations.