MANILA – The Supreme Court (SC) en banc on Tuesday junked outright the petition filed by a group of donors of Kapa-Community Ministry International against President Rodrigo Duterte, the head of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other government agencies over the closure of the group’s operations, SCPIO chief Brian Keith Hosaka confirmed.
According to a reliable source, the petition was dismissed because it raised factual issues.
“SC [is] not [a] trier of facts,” the source said.
On June 26, Rhema Int'l Livelihood Foundation or Cirfund (Cirfund) composed of Kapa "donors" asked SC to stay the execution of SEC's judgment and to allow Kapa to resume its religious operations.
The commission issued a warning against Kapa in March 2017, issued a cease and desist order on February 14 this year, and ordered the revocation of its registration on April 3 this year, almost 3 months before President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of the organization.
On June 4, the Anti-Money Laundering Council also secured an order from the Court of Appeals freezing Kapa’s assets.
Aside from reversing the closure, the petition also sought P3 billion in compensatory damages from President Duterte and SEC Chair Emilio Aquino because of Cirfund's inclusion in a May 31, 2019 advisory of "unregistered investment entities.”
The group also wanted Duterte impeached.
Aside from Duterte and Aquino who were impleaded as private respondents, the petition also named the heads of the Philippine National Police (PNP), the National Bureau of Investigation, the PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, and media entities SunStar Cebu and Rappler, Inc. as public respondents. Sunstar and Rappler are private media organizations.