3 British nationals arrested for investment fraud in Cavite

admin   •   April 8, 2017   •   6578

MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Three British nationals allegedly involved in investment scam were arrested in Brgy. Maduya, Carmona, Cavite.

They were identified as Andrew Robson, Graham Allan Bennet and Dominic Whellams, working as consultant, trainer and IT expert respectively at Plustel Solutions.

According to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the suspects are selling non-existent bonds, securities and similar products to foreign investors.

They are, however, not authorized to do so.

“The moment they called them and these possible victims show interest, there is already a pressured selling, telling them about good news of the shares that are not of value actually,” said Atty. Jose Aquino, director of SEC’s Enforcement and Investor Protection Department

They were charged under the Securities Regulation Code and the Anti-Cybercrime Law.

It is still unknown what shares they are selling and who were they able to defraud.

These will be determined after the forensic examination of more than a hundred computer and gadgets used in their operation.

One of the suspects denied the allegations and insisted they are only working as consultants for the company.

“Our product is a DID (Direct Inward Dialing) for insurance companies, for money transfer companies, anything like that. We do not deal with securities; we do not deal with anything like that whatsoever. All the allegations are false,” said suspect, Andrew Robson.

Thirty eight Filipinos working for the Plustel Solutions were also arrested.

Other employees were also brought to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

NBI spokesperson, Atty. Ferdinand Lavin reminds the public, “Be careful because there are investment companies masquerading as BPOs or what we call the call centers. But what they do actually will put you in a very bad condition.” — Roderic Mendoza | UNTV News and Rescue

NBI nabs De Lima co-accused in Pampanga

Marje Pelayo   •   August 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday (August 16) arrested one of Senator Leila de Lima’s co-accused in the illegal drug case.

Around 5:30 am on Friday, NBI operatives nabbed Jose Drian ‘Jad’ Dera in Angeles, Pampanga.

Dera has been hiding for two years since a warrant of arrest was issued against him.

De Lima and Dera were both accused in the two cases of alleged conspiracy to commit illegal drug trading in the ongoing trial at the Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branches 205 and 256.

Dera is De Lima’s nephew and former staff when she was then Justice Secretary.

Dera allegedly served as De Lima’s middleman in receiving P70-M cash from drug lords inside the New Bilibid Prisons as well as in the alleged extortion of P30-M and four vehicles from high-profile inmate Peter Co.

The lady senator, in her statement in March 2017, denied any blood links with Dera.

Dera, meanwhile, also denied being a relative of De Lima.

NBI to probe PCSO anomalies

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 29, 2019

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will investigate the alleged anomalies at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Menardo Guevarra said they have already tasked the NBI to look into the alleged corruption.

“I will direct the NBI to conduct an in-depth investigation into the alleged anomalies in the collection and remittance of the government’s share in revenues, which apparently prompted the president to take drastic action,” he said on Saturday (July 27).

READ: Duterte orders closure of lotto; declares all PCSO gaming activities illegal

President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Friday (July 26) the closure of all gaming and gambling activities licensed by the PSCO.

“As of today I will not honor any any order from any court stopping us or enjoining us to stop our desire to go into a massive investigation for the massive corruption that is existing in the PCSO,” he said.—AAC

Cavite, several areas in Zamboanga Sibugay under state of calamity due to dengue

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 19, 2019

A child suffering from dengue fever receives medical treatment at an isolation ward of a government-run hospital in Manila, Philippines, 16 July 2019. (Photoville International)

Cavite and several areas in Zamboanga Sibugay are under a state of calamity due to the increasing number of dengue cases in the province.

Based on the data of the Department of Health (DOH), the number of dengue cases in Cavite went up to 3,605 from January to July 13 this year. This is higher than the 2,670 cases recorded in 2018.

Around 18 patients have already died due to the illness this year.

Meanwhile, dengue cases in the Zamboanga Peninsula also increased to 9,104 with over 30 deaths.

According to DOH IX, several areas in Cavite and in Zamboanga have already declared a state of calamity. These areas include Ipil, Kabasalan, Buug, and Diplahan.

DOH IX Infectious Cluster Dr. Mary Rose Bugtai said the local government will be able to use the calamity fund to address the dengue situation in their area.

“To address the current situation like the want to purchase more commodities for integrated vector management like our larvae site like our spray cans for misting and other commodities used for dengue outbreak,” she said.—AAC (with reports from Benedict Samson)

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