3 British nationals arrested for investment fraud in Cavite

admin   •   April 8, 2017   •   7492

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

Cavite gov’t to allow visits to cemeteries until Oct. 27

Robie de Guzman   •   October 1, 2020

The provincial government of Cavite on Thursday announced that it will allow visits to cemeteries from October 1 to 27 but laid down some rules for those planning to do so to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

In a Facebook post, Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla said the cemeteries in the province are open during said period from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. but will be closed from October 28 to November 2 as agreed by local authorities.

He also warned visitors that eating meals and drinking alcoholic beverages inside the cemeteries are prohibited. Videokes and selling of food are also not allowed.

“Bawal po ang kainan kahit sa mga pribado at sosyal na libingan. Mga alta, matutong makisama. Kung bawal ang kainan, lalong bawal ang inuman at lasingan,” Remulla said.

“Bawal maglako ng mga pagkain at inumin sa sementeryo,” he added.

The governor said the municipal and city government will also issue regulations on the number of persons allowed to enter the cemeteries in their respective areas.

He stressed that visitors should strictly observe health protocols including the wearing of face mask and face shield.

“Kailangan naka-face mask at face shield. Mag-ingat lamang sa mga aksidente lalo na sa pagsindi ng kandila dahil ang face shield ay gawa sa plastic,” Remulla said.

He likewise emphasized that those below 18 years of age are not allowed to go to cemeteries.

“Ang mga bata below 18 years old ay bawal pumunta sa sementeryo. Alam ko na mahirap ito pero mas malakas mahawa at magkalat ng sakit ang mga kabataan kaysa matatanda,” Remulla explained.

“Dahil sa pandemya, ay kailangan pa rin nating paulit-ulit na ipaalala ang social distancing rules. Lagpas 10,000 na ang positibo sa COVID dito sa Cavite at malakas ang kutob ko na baka lalong kumalat ang sakit na ito ngayong papalapit na undas,” he added.

DOJ issues guidelines for children’s protection during online classes

Robie de Guzman   •   September 25, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a set of guidelines to ensure the protection of children from abuse and harmful content during the conduct of online classes.

The DOJ released the guidelines less than two weeks before the opening of Schoolyear 2020-2021 in public schools under a blended learning setting.

The Department of Education earlier said that classes will open on October 5.

In releasing the guidelines, the DOJ Cybercrime Division acknowledged that using video conferencing for online classes poses many security risks, including exposure of students to abusive strangers, harmful online content and loss of confidentiality, availability and integrity of computer data.

For school administrators, the DOJ advised to never share meeting room credentials – including the ID and password – to the public.

Meetings should also be set as follows:

  • Accept meeting participants’ request to join individually
  • Provide a standard naming instruction for the participants
  • Start meeting with participants’ video off
  • Require a password from the participants
  • Mute participants upon entry
  • Disable file transfer and screen share access for participants not assigned as hosts of the meeting

Participants also should not be allowed to rename themselves, send messages to other participants, and change their background with any selected image.

Students should also not be allowed to be alone in the virtual classroom, and a school administrator must always be present for supervision.

The DOJ also advised teachers to regularly update the application being used as every application connected to the internet is vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

The department, meanwhile, urges parents and guardians to guide their children on how to implement safety measures and to teach them how to discern information online to prevent becoming a victim of cybercrimes.

The DOJ also called on the public to report to authorities any irregularities or untoward incidents during online classes.

They may report it to the PNP-Anti Cybercrime Group through email acg@acg.pnp.gov.ph and mobile number 0998-598-8116; National Bureau of Investigation Cybercrime Division at email ccd@nbi.gov.ph and telephone number (+632) 8523-8231; and Department of Justice Cybercrime Office through email: cybercrime@doj.gov.ph and contact number (+632) 8524-8216. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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NBI exec, brother face raps over alleged pastillas scam

Robie de Guzman   •   September 23, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has filed graft and extortion complaints against its official and his brother from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) over the alleged ‘pastillas scheme.’

Atty. Joshua Paul Capiral, NBI’s legal assistance chief, and his brother, Christopher John, an officer at the BI’s medical section, underwent inquest proceedings at the Department of Justice on Wednesday morning.

The brothers are facing extortion complaints under the Revised Penal Code, and violation of the Anti-Graft Practices Act, the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees and the Executive Order No. 608 which established the national security clearance system for government personnel with access to classified matters.

The two were arrested in an entrapment operation on Monday night for allegedly receiving bribes from individuals implicated in the pastillas scheme in exchange for exclusion from the charges.

Nineteen Immigration officers allegedly linked to the pastillas scheme are currently facing charges filed by the NBI at the Office of the Ombudsman last month.

The modus was called pastillas, derived from a Filipino sweet and sticky dessert, because the bribe money that some personnel receive were wrapped in paper.

The scheme allegedly takes advantage of Chinese casino high-rollers and offshore gaming workers who wish to be escorted to dodge the immigration screening process for a fee.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he has ordered a reinvestigation into the pastillas scheme.

“Considering that the NBI investigation appeared to have been tainted, I will order a reinvestigation of the so-called ‘pastillas’ racket involving some unscrupulous BI employees,” he said in message to reporters.

Meanwhile, Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente welcomed the development and assured support for the drive to cleanse the agency of corruption.

Morente also vowed to continue its campaign against corruption activities within the agency.

“We will continue to pursue our campaign against BI personnel engaged in corrupt activities in coordination with NBI and other law enforcement agencies in support of President Duterte’s desire to cleanse the agency,” he said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Dante Amento)

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