Solons suspicious of SolGen’s ‘special interest’ in Napoles case

admin   •   February 17, 2017   •   2730

MANILA, Philippines — The Makabayan bloc has expressed dismay over the Solicitor General’s recommendation to acquit alleged pork barrel scam mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles of serious illegal detention.

ACT Teachers party-list Representative Antonio Tinio said, it is quite surprising that Solicitor General Jose Calida suddenly expressed interest in the case.

For his part, Bayan Muna Partylist Representative Carlos Zarate argues that SolGen Calida should have acted instead on other important cases such as those of the political prisoners.

“Alam ng lahat na ang nasa sentro nito ay si Napoles, yung pinakaguilty. Paano mo gagawing least guilty (Everyone knows that at the center of all these is Napoles — the most guilty. How are you going to turn her into the least guilty),” said Rep. Tinio.

“Very curious talaga tayo.  Hindi lamang naman ito ang kaso ng SolGen, bakit nagkaroon ng special interest dito sa conviction ni Napoles ( We are really very curious. This is not the SolGen’s only case, why the special interest in Napoles’ conviction)?” asked Rep. Zarate. — UNTV News and Rescue

WATCH: SolGen moves to acquit PDAF Scam queen Janet Lim-Napoles in illegal detention of Benhur Luy

 

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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