Court of Tax Appeals lifts warrant of arrest against Jeane Napoles

UNTV News   •   May 6, 2015   •   6669

Jeane Napoles, daughter of pork barrel scam suspect Janet Lim Napoles (UNTV News)

Manila, Philippines — Jeane Napoles, the daughter of alleged pork barrel scam queen Janet Lim Napoles, faced the Court of Tax Appeals for the first time today.

Heavily guarded and with her face covered, she avoided all media interviews regarding her tax evasion case.

Her counsel Atty. Stephen David said she had to appear in court today to convince the justices to lift the bench warrant of arrest issued against her.

The warrant was due to her failure to appear on her scheduled arraignment last week before the Court of Tax Appeals 3rd Division.

The court accepted her explanation and granted the lifting of the bench warrant of arrest without having to pay another bail bond.

Her legal counsel explained, they advised Jeane not to appear anymore in court as there were pending motions that the court needs to resolve first.
Atty. David said, “In my two decades of practice pagkaganoon kasi ang proseso ma-ka-cancel naman iyon eh. Pero sabi ni justice huwag mo kaming pangunahan. Kaya ako humihingi naman ng paumanhin dahil sa pinangunahan ko ang husgado.”

(In my two decades of practice, usually it gets cancelled. But the justice reminded me not to be presumptuous. That’s why I apologized for thinking way ahead of what might happen in court)

Jeane Napoles’ camp insisted that the tax evasion cases filed against her have no basis.

Her legal counsel explained that she was just a student and didn’t have income. She studied in the United States of America without a working visa.

Jeane Napoles is facing two counts of tax evasion amounting to more than 17 million pesos.

She became famous after a video showing what appeared to be her luxurious lifestyle in america became viral in media.

According to Atty. Stephen David although Jeane is currently working as a model in America, she will temporarily stay in the Philippines as she needs to appear before the court of tax appeals on May 27 for her scheduled arraignment. (JOYCE BALANCIO/UNTV NEWS)

BSP warns public vs holiday scams

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has warned the public against holiday scams.

The BSP said there are 10 modes of operations that scammers usually do in order to get personal information from their victims:

  • Text scams
  • Phishing
  • Spoofing
  • Identity theft
  • Nigerian scams
  • Ponzi/Pyramiding scheme
  • Spurious investments
  • Credit card and ATM skimming
  • Budol-budol scam
  • Dugo-dugo gang

Several scammers, usually entice victims by telling them that they have won in a raffle or in a lottery.

Mhel Plabasan, Director of BSP’s Technology Risk and Innovation Supervision Department (TRISD, advises the public to be vigilant and think carefully before falling into scams.

Immediately, i-report mo doon sa financial institution kung saan ka nagme-maintain ng account. They are in the best position para i-hold or i-block muna iyong account. Tapos, magko-conduct sila ng investigation (You should immediately report it to the financial institution where you maintain your account. They are in the best position to hold or block your account. Then they will conduct an investigation), he said.

Meanwhile, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson PBGen. Ildebrandi Usana also advised the public to be careful in making transactions this holiday season.

We really are appealing doon po sa ating mga mamamayan to be more prudent in dealing with someone na nakikipagkilala at probably nagbibigay ng mga messages appearing to be true pero may kaakibat na mga babayarin without them knowing it. Nagkaroon na po ng mga scams out of these (We are appealing to our citizens to be more prudent in dealing with someone who is making acquaintances and providing messages that are appearing to be true but there is a catch. There have been scams reported that are similar to this),” he said. —AAC (with reports from Asher Cadapan Jr.)

DFA warns vs ‘travel exemption fee’ scam targeting foreigners

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 11, 2020

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Tuesday warned the public against a travel fee scam targeting foreign nationals who wish to enter the Philippines amid imposed travel restrictions.

In an advisory the DFA said they received reports of a “travel exemption fee” that supposedly allows the entry of foreign nationals into the country.

The DFA reiterated that it does not collect such fees “or any kind of fee whatsoever for the purpose of allowing foreign nationals to enter the country.”

“Foreign nationals should be guided by the latest advisory of the Bureau of Immigration as to who are allowed to enter the Philippines during the State of Public Health Emergency,” the advisory reads.

The foreign affairs department also said travel restrictions are still being implemented in the country amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. AAC

DepEd, iginiit na wala silang pa-contest para mamigay ng libreng gadget

Robie de Guzman   •   September 18, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Nagbabala ang Department of Education (DepEd) sa publiko na huwag basta maniniwala sa mga kumakalat na scam na nanghihikayat sa pagsali sa anumang contest upang mabigyan ng libreng laptop at smartphones.

Sa isang pahayag, sinabi ng DepEd na hindi ito namimigay ng gadget o libring pocket wi-fi sa pamamagitan ng anumang raffle draw o contest para sa pag-aaral ng mga estudyante.

Ayon sa kagawaran, wala itong pinapayagang grupo o indibibidwal na manghingi ng donasyon kahit nangangailangan ito ng malaking pondo para sa pagpapatupad ng bagong educational program sa gitna ng pandemiya.

Dagdag pa nito, ang mga lokal na pamahalaan at mga kumpanyang katuwang ng DepEd ang namamahagi ng gadget para sa mga mag-aaral ngunit idinadaan ito sa regional at division offices ng ahensiya.

“Ang learning continuity packages na donasyon ng LGUs at lehitimong partners ay ipinamamahagi sa mga mag-aaral at mga guro sa pamamagitan ng DepEd regional and division offices at mga paaralan,” ang wika ng DepEd.

Hinimok ng DepEd ang publiko na agad i-report ang mga scam na may kinalaman sa darating na pasukan sa Public Assistance and Action Center sa pamamagitan ng pagtawag sa 0919-456-0027 at 0995-921-8461 o kaya ay mag-email sa action@deped.gov.ph. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Dante Amento)

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