KAPA leaders in North Cotabato charged for broadcaster's slay

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Slain radio journalist Eduardo Dizon

Kidapawan City (CNN Philippines, September 19) — Murder charges have been filed against leaders of Kapa-Community Ministry International, Inc. in North Cotabato for the killing of radio anchor Eduardo "Ed" Dizon.

Dizon, anchor for the Brigada News FM Kidapawan City, was shot dead last July 10. He is said to be very critical of KAPA and its operations in the province.

In a 23-page resolution, the Kidapawan City Prosecution Office found probable cause to charge Dante Tabusares alias Bong Encarnacion, Kapa's media coordinator in the area who is also a radio broadcaster of Gold FM.

Encarnacion was tagged as the alleged mastermind in the killing of Dizon. The charges stemmed from the extra-judicial confession of Helario "Gil" Lapi, Jr., who was admitted as a state witness for Dizon's killing.

Also charged were Sotero "Jun" Jacolbe, Jr. who is a broadcaster of Ronda FM, the alleged right-hand man of Encarnacion, and Junell Jane Poten alias Junell Gerozaga, the alleged gunman. The suspects, who are said to be local KAPA members, have not been allowed to post bail for temporary freedom as the case is ongoing.

Short for Kabus Padatoon [translation: making the poor rich], KAPA claims to be a religious group which has been recruiting members and asking them to donate funds to the organization. In exchange, donors are promised a 30 percent monthly return — called "love gifts" or "monthly blessings" — in perpetuity.

President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the shutdown of KAPA and similar investment scams in June, with the Securities and Exchange Commission saying they are running a pyramid scheme by soliciting investments illegally.

Malacañang's Presidential Task Force on Media Security earlier named KAPA members Tabuseras, Jacolbe, and Jerozaga as the men behind the slay after witnesses confirmed their identities from the footage of Dizon's death, as caught by a security camera.