Malacañang moves against fake gov't officials

November 10, 2011 10:48 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 10 — In a move to address the rising incidents of unscrupulous individuals misrepresenting themselves as government officials to victimize government employees, Malacañang appealed to all government officials and employees to confirm first the identity of the person contacting them.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued this appeal in a press briefing in Malacañang Thursday afternoon.

He asked that all officials and employees to be wary about these individuals who may prey on them by “dropping names” to instill fear or ask for a favor.

“Ang request ko sa mga government officials and employees, don’t hesitate to confirm the identity of the person calling you,” Lacierda said.

“I would like to ask the government employees to verify first the identity of the person calling because ang government employees kasi, pag binitawan ng pangalan naniniwala kaagad so I ask the government employees to verify first the identity of the person and to ask for further proof that that person they are speaking to is really that person whom he or she claims to be,” he said.

Lacierda said any person who may be contacted by these spurious individuals may report the incident to his office number 0917-8085329.

Lacierda also said that a text message currently circulating saying that his office, the Office of the Presidential Spokesperson is giving out raffle prizes, is not true.

“There’s no truth to that. The government does not hold raffle contests nor give raffle prizes,” Lacierda said. (PNA)



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