DBM warns against scammers posing as gov’t execs
MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) on Monday cautioned the public against individuals impersonating department officials and employees to solicit money.
“The DBM, under the leadership of Secretary Amenah F. Pangandaman, condemns such fraudulent claims and activities and vows to coordinate with proper authorities to investigate and determine swiftly those who are involved in this scam,” the agency said in an advisory.
“We shall neither tolerate nor condone false representation and solicitation of this nature in any form, opportunity, and manner, as the same is considered illegal and unlawful,” it added.
A modus operandi is being used in illegal activities, such as drafting documents and requesting local chief executives to sign them, identifying contractors, and asking for earnest money under the pretense that subject funds are urgently needed.
The agency alerted authorities and has been working with them to investigate the illegal activities.
“We shall exert all efforts, within the fullest extent of the law, to identify, apprehend and file the appropriate charges against these deceitful individuals and groups,” the DBM noted.
The DBM has asked the Department of the Interior and Local Government to combat such illegal activities for assistance.
The DBM also urged the public to be more vigilant and discerning and to report similar cases or suspicious acts using the agency’s name, its secretary, or any other official for their personal agenda and interest.
Should there be similar incidents, the DBM said the public may notify their offices through hotline (02) 735-4847. — Christian Paul Dela Cruz, INQUIRER.net trainee
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