By NITZ ARANCON
AUTHORITIES yesterday raided the office of the Kapa-Community Ministry International Inc. in Zone 5, Barangay Igpit in Opol town, Misamis Oriental.
The raid, based on a search warrant issued by a court, was carried out by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the police, and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
Photos posted of the raid on social media showed authorities counting bundles of cash.
The raid came even as a village official sounded alarm bells over the operations of Kapa in his barangay.
Don Ramil Pakino, a barangay councilor of Igpit in Opol town, said the group has been operating in his village without the green light of the barangay.
According to Pakino, the Kapa office used to be at Villa Angela Subdivision in Bulua, but it was forced to move to Igpit because people complained about the vehicular traffic congestion it created there.
Pakino said he doubted if Kapa secured a business permit given that it has not secured a barangay clearance. A barangay clearance is required of those applying for business permits.
“Wala man kami maka issue ug clearance dinhi sa Barangay. Demodo walay silay business permit,” Pakino said.
He said he would ask the barangay council to look into the activities of Kapa, and invite those who are behind its activities in Igpit. The barangay council is set to meet today.
Pakino said he wants to know why Kapa has been operating in Igpit presumably without a barangay clearance and a business permit.
“Gikinahanglan namo sa barangay council masayran ang ilang mga activities diha kay kon unsay mahitabo kanila kami unya sa barangay ang ma-question, kay ngano nga nag-operate sila nga walay permit,” Pakino said.
Kapa, a group behind an investments scheme now being questioned by the government, has been operating in Igpit. People from different places have flocked to the village apparently to transact with the group.
“Naa gihapoy pipila ka lugas dinhi sa among barangay ang nag-invest pero mas daghan gyud ang dili taga dinhi. ug ang uban diha ra gakatulog,” he said.
Pakino however said the barangay council has not received any complaint against the group.
In a way, the Kapa crowd gave some Igpit residents an opportunity to do make legitimate money “kay ang among mga constituents nag tinda man duol sa Kapa office ug ang uban nagbaligya sa pagkaon.”