Of Duterte, Quiboloy, and KAPA
Disclaimer: I wrote this blog post not to defend KAPA Community Ministry International, Inc. a religious organization that is involved in a Ponzi scheme.
Philippine political and religious realities
In Philippine politics, the leaders, especially those belonging to political dynasties and large prominent rich families, wear rose-colored glasses, occupy heavenly thrones, and believe they are the law. Worse, they think they are equal to God… or above God. (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte called God “stupid” while lambasting Catholic clergymen last year.)
In Philippine religion, the church hierarchy endears itself to the rich and famous. Religious leaders surround themselves with rich and powerful friends in both the government and entertainment industry.
A number of Filipino celebrities are politicians themselves or have loved ones in positions of power. Many of them are practicing religious adherents and the most vocal ones, as evident in their social media accounts, are evangelicals or born-again Christians. However, many of them are blind to the blatant human rights violations committed by the government.
Religious leaders mix piety and prosperity in their theology; some others mix power and prosperity. Pastor Apollo C. Quiboloy, a founder of a Davao City-based restorationist church (which is more is a cult and less than a church) the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name (which is more of a personality cult and less than a Christ-centered church) proclaims himself as the Appointed Son of God and the owner of the world. (Some sources say ‘owner of the universe.’)
And speaking of Duterte and Quiboloy… and power and prosperity…
Much ado about KAPA
Last June 8, President Duterte appeared on Give Us This Day, a religious TV program of Pastor Quiboloy on his media network Sonshine Media Network International (SMNI). There, the president ordered the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to arrest the people behind KAPA, investigate, and throw the book at them.
KAPA is short for Kabus Padatuon (in English, make the poor rich). KAPA is founded by a Pastor Joel Apolinario in Bislig, Surigao del Sur and is registered in the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as a religious organization. It promises its 4-5 million members, mostly in Mindanao and Visayas, that after they make a one-time “donation” (minimum of PhP 10,000) to the organization, they will be receiving 30% of the amount per month – and for life as a “love gift” or blessings.
Wow! Could you imagine? Your donated money will grow 30% per month and for life. But for President Duterte, it’s too good to be true – and if it’s too good to be true, then it’s a scam. He saw the activities of KAPA as clearly a form of syndicated estafa and pyramiding. For this reason, he ordered the CIDG, NBI and PNP to raid and seize KAPA which, according to media reports, has about PhP 100 billion worth of assets, including a luxury car, SUVs, and a helicopter.
Earlier this year, the SEC issued a cease and desist order against KAPA for soliciting investments, dubbed by KAPA as “donations,” from the public without the necessary (secondary) license.
KAPA members, from Luzon to Mindanao, particularly the ones who have received their blessings, lost no time in coming together in droves at prayer rallies all over the country. They appealed to God to touch the heart and change the mind of President Duterte. Elsewhere on social media, KAPA members mocked Pastor Quiboloy, blaming him for their problem.
President Duterte, a lapdog of Pastor Quiboloy
Rumors are rife that Pastor Quiboloy was behind KAPA’s predicament. It is said that he envies the success of KAPA, which managed to snatch members from his church (which, in reality, is not a church but a cult). He used his deep friendship with President Duterte to put a full stop to KAPA’s activities.
The president, who owed his political success to the self-proclaimed messiah, acquiesced… not knowing that many KAPA members voted for him in the 2016 elections and for his senatorial candidates in the recent midterm elections.
President Duterte has no qualms about threatening Catholic clergymen, attacking the Catholic or Christian religion, insulting God and the Bible, making rape jokes, appointing questionable (and incompetent) people to government positions, etc. However, he keeps quiet about the alleged corruption and spiritual repression in another Philippine-based restorationist nontrinitarian church that drew the ire of netizens for supporting senatorial candidates whose names are synonymous with graft and corruption, plunder, incompetence, and human rights violations.
Early in his term, President Duterte appointed the leader of that church to a government position. In 2015, this religious leader expelled his mother from the church, which is founded by his grandfather more than a century ago. It is said that members who spoke up against the corruption in the church were expelled too; some others were persecuted and, worse, murdered. One former minister, who was once ‘abducted’ along with his young family on orders of the people closest to that religious leader, managed to gain asylum in Canada.
If President Duterte can keep mum about the corruption and spiritual repression in that church, he can also keep mum about Pastor Quiboloy’s shenanigans and false teachings.
Just last year, a female member of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name (which is not a church but a cult), was arrested for cash smuggling in Hawaii. She, a US citizen and business manager of the church’s (but in reality, a cult) branch in Hawaii, was caught trying to smuggle more than US$350,000 and AUS$9,000 in black socks during a flight en route to the Philippines. She was also charged with accessory for helping Pastor Quiboloy avoid arrest and prosecution. She was on board the self-proclaimed messiah’s private plane.
Pastor Quiboloy was reported to be briefly detained at the Honolulu airport over the attempted bulk cash smuggling incident. He later returned to the Philippines via a commercial flight.
This female follower and Pastor Quiboloy were also investigated by the FBI for alleged human trafficking. The former was previously arrested in 2015 “for allegedly assaulting a fellow church member, who claimed she was forced to raise money.” The alleged victim said she was made to sell “manapua and Krispy Kreme” donuts for church fundraisers “rain or shine.” She said church members were punished if they didn’t sell enough.
As expected, President Duterte was mum. Of course, he admitted he received properties and cars from his spiritual advisor, the self-proclaimed messiah. Rumors were also rife that his daughter, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio coveted the cars given to her father by Pastor Quiboloy but denied the rumors.
President Duterte has the galls to question and mock Catholic or Christian beliefs, call God ‘stupid,’ insult the Apostles and the saints, and poke his nose on the Catholic Church sexual abuse cases. However, he has no balls to pry into and question Pastor Quiboloy’s false teachings and preposterous claims.
Pastor Quiboloy claims to be the appointed son of God, the owner of the world (some sources say ‘owner of the universe’), the owner of the gold reserves of the United States and Germany, etc. Of course, his followers, brainwashed as they are for all times, believe him and put him above Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. Of course, Duterte, who is blind and dumb and forever in debt of the self-proclaimed messiah, dares not to question his spiritual advisor.
Read more to know why Pastor Quiboloy’s Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name is not a church but a cult:
The best president in the universe and the owner of the world (or the universe)… they are both from Davao City… they are both out of their mind.
President Duterte curses God and the Apostles, the clergy and the saints. Pastor Quiboloy exploits God and his religious followers for his political and financial ends.
Jesus Christ is a political martyr. Pastor Quiboloy is a political whore.
Pastor Joel Apolinario of KAPA Community Ministry International is an unfortunate guy. It took him less than five years to build up his massive fortune (and acquire a helicopter too). But because he has no friends in high places, no politicians and celebrities to stand up for him, he becomes stressed out and miserable. He is a few meters to poverty and prison.
What has become of his followers? Helpless and desperate!
KAPA could have been a more ecumenical church but like Pastor Quiboloy’s cult, it is no church. It did not plant churches but offices to receive “donations” from members. There were no worship services, only pay-outs. In the process, Pastor Apolinario and his followers worship Mammon.
KAPA, “The Church within The Church?” Nay, the slogan should be “Making Money out of The Church.”
KAPA Community Ministry International and Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name exist to make their founders rich.
The timing can’t be right
President Duterte ordered the crackdown on KAPA just 27 days after the midterm elections. Had he ordered the crackdown a few days before the elections, his senatorial candidates could have lost. Think about it.
President Duterte, Pastor Quiboloy, and Pastor Joel Apolinario… They are Bisaya people. They are from Mindanao. They are rich. They scam the people in different ways.