July 13, 2024

The Securities and Exchange Commission has brought Astral Fuel Station Corporation; Apollo Drugstore and Diagnostics Center, Inc.; One Oasis Premier Holdings Corporation; and Kalahari Leisure Farm Club, Inc. before the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution for conducting unauthorized investment solicitation activities.

The SEC Enforcement and Investor Protection Department (EIPD) on June 2 filed a criminal complaint against Astral Fuel and Apollo for soliciting investments from the public without license from the SEC, in violation of Republic Act 8799 or the Securities Regulation Code (SRC).

The SEC implicated Astral Fuel and Apollo President and Chair Ramon Julius Grajo, who was found to have established two other companies, namely One Oasis and Kalahari.

The case stemmed from various inquiries from the public on March 2021 regarding the legality of Astral Fuel and Apollo to solicit investments from the public.

On Sept. 23, 2021, the EIPD posted an advisory on the SEC website, warning the public against investing in Apollo.

The SEC has since received several complaint-affidavits from the public stating that Astral Fuel and Apollo conducted investment solicitation activities through Facebook, YouTube, and Google which was verified by the EIPD.

Also implicated in the complaint were other beneficial owners, directors, and officials of the companies including Renato P. Grajo, Roberto P. Grajo, Ma. Michaela Arceo, Aiko J. Basas, Arnel Kevin Besa, Joy Ann Chu, Jess Tony Cruz, Ryan Ace Ducado, Roderick Fabia, Ricky Macalino, John Lorenz Rosario, Arnaldo Zapata, Sherwin Abuel, Cindy Alcalde, Patrick Averia, Jacqueline F. Asis, Monette Basa, Reyvee Bataan, Snooky Benzal, Omar Bolus, Salvacion Caraang, Geraldine Colinares, Dwayne Ramos Coma, Snooky Dela Cruz, Philip Detera, Lynnette R. Ebdane, Federico Esquivel, Edwin Evangelista, Ronald Facun, Nilda Gelua, Alma Gutierrez, Leonardo Leonor, Florante Manzano, Mark Laurence, Rico Bryan Oncoy, Manuel Orias, Marne Organo, Rosemin Orino, Bernard V. Padilla, Cedric Palominique, Marlon Pedrera, Yron Recodo, Marian Roxas, Joana Santos, Ricky Santos, May Sicat, Juana Tadiang, Maverick Ternate, Bon Yatco Vergerie, and Theresa Yambao.

The SRC prohibits the sale or distribution of securities in the Philippines without a registration duly filed with and approved by the SEC.

Brokers engaged in the business of buying or selling securities are likewise required to be registered with the SEC.

Although both Apollo and Astral Fuel are registered with the SEC, neither have the required license to solicit investments nor have they filed for such with the SEC.

The SEC also noted that Apollo and Astral Fuel were mere conduits to solicit investments from the public, as a review of their registration documents submitted to the SEC revealed that the companies have interlocking directors and common incorporators, stockholders, and officers.

All the companies were likewise found to have the same office address, with Ramon Julius Grajo serving as president, incorporator, and director, and One Oasis owning 99.99 percent of the total authorized capital stock of Apollo. – Press release