2 bogus clients nabbed for swindling an online seller in Cainta

Marje Pelayo   •   September 21, 2018   •   691



QUEZON CITY, Philippines – Online selling has become a trend as it makes shopping more convenient.

However, authorities from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Cybercrime Group warn online shoppers and sellers against bogus clients.

On Thursday (September 20), authorities nabbed two suspects who attempted to swindle an online seller in Cainta, Rizal.

The victim, who wished to be identified as alias Anjanette, recounted that the suspects were able to convince her because they previously bought items from her. Anjanette’s products were mostly shoes.

“Itong Jeffrey Tan, nag-message ito sa Facebook ko noong August 31. Nag-inquire po siya kung pwede siyang mag-resell. Siempre bilang online seller gusto ko ng reseller. Gusto ko ng client kaya tinanggap ko po, so nagpasa na siya ng mga order,” the victim said.

Anjanette said it was on the third attempt that she discovered the suspects’ modus operandi when she noticed that the two were presenting her fake bank deposit slips and no actual cash was transferred to her account.

“Over the counter receipt na malinaw naman talaga. Ganoong petsa din po at ganoong oras katulad ng sinabi niya. Pangalan ko nandoon, bank account ko nandoon, at kumpleto naman po ang detalye kaya di na namin na check sa online banking dahil mukhang tunay talaga,” she expalined.

After growing suspicious, Anjanette sought the assistance of the PNP ACG after the suspects lodged their third set of orders amounting to P72,000.

The suspects were nabbed inside a mall in Cainta, Rizal as they were about to pick up the delivered items.

They were identified as John Edgar and Peter Edison Bartolome.

The two are now facing charges of swindling and estafa.

Meanwhile, the authorities are investigating how they were able to produce fake bank receipts.

PCInsp. Joseph Arvin Villaran,  chief of the Investigation Section- ACOD reminds online sellers to observe caution when transacting online.

“Pwedeng ma i-hide iyong identity ng tunay na gumagamit na tao doon po sa Facebook nila so mag ingat po tayo doon sa mga ganoong tao,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


FDA warns online shops that put prescription drugs on sale

Maris Federez   •   December 12, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has warned online shops that sell medicines and put prescription drugs on sale, especially this holiday season.

DOH spokesperson and FDA officer-in-charge Usec. Eric Domingo said that the agency has already penalized three online selling platforms for such infraction.

“It’s very rampant. At itong ibang na fine natin nakita na natin yan. Winarningan na natin. Tapos mawawala ng dalawa, tatlong araw iyong mga produkto tapos after a while babalik na naman. And then we have to remind them again na bawal. And we urge them na that they have to police their own ranks,” Domingo said.

The official also advised pharmacies to apply for separate license to operate and certificate of product registration from the FDA should they decide to also venture into online selling.

“Unang – una ang ating mga drug stores allowed lang kayo to sell the products within the premises of the store.  Kung gusto niyong tumanggap ng online orders you can apply for it as an extra activity with the FDA. But even then, may limitations iyon,” he added.

Domingo said the limitation is basically applicable to prescription medicines.

“Maaring mag- online, mag-order online ng isang kliyente nila pero kapag kukunin na iyong gamot kailangan pa rin niyang kunin sa pharmacy kung saan naka- store nang tama at ma- check ang reseta bago ibigay sa kaniya,” the official explained.

The FDA is still verifying several reports against online shops that openly sell medicines at a much cheaper price.

They shall be meted out with fines and corresponding charges. — (from the report of Aiko Miguel) /mbmf

Online selling of prescription drugs not allowed by law – DOH

Marje Pelayo   •   June 10, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Social media have become a popular platform for online selling of almost everything – from shoes, clothes, gadgets, machines, food, even health supplements and prescription medicines.

A concerned netizen posted on social media how easy it was for her to order prescription medicines from an online store and pay the amount at any payment center.

The UNTV News Team checked on the online pharmacy which the netizen mentioned and what other prescription medicines were available for purchase.

The online pharmacy was still open but the prices of medicines were no longer posted.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), selling prescription drugs online is not allowed and may incur penalties under the law.

“Hindi pwede iyang antibiotics sa Lazada (Antibiotics are not allowed on Lazada). That is a violation of our Generics law and Cheaper Medicines Act,” noted Health Secretary Francisco Duque III.

“Prescription is a must. It is a requirement. You cannot have medicines, antibiotics delivered through Lazada as if it were an ordinary item.  We will file a case against Lazada if it is doing that,” Duque added.

The Department Secretary said if antibiotics would be made easily available on online shops, cases of anti-microbial resistance might soon get out of hand.

In a World Health Organization (WHO) report, seven thousand individuals die every year across the globe due to anti-microbial resistance or AMR.

AMR happens when a certain drug is no longer effective to fight or destroy microbes or parasite inside the human body due to over dosage or unprescribed intake of antibiotics.

For this reason, the DOH reminds the public to religiously follow the doctor’s prescription of a certain anti-biotics to benefit from it.

In line with this issue, the DOH will conduct its own investigation on reports about prescription drugs being sold online.


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