MANILA, Philippines — Police chief Guillermo Eleazar on Saturday ordered the Anti-Cybercrime Group to probe the alleged sale of passport appointment slots which are given free by the Division of International Affairs (DFA).
Eleazar made the directive after DFA Undersecretary Brigido Dulay requested the Philippine Nationwide Police (PNP) and the Nationwide Bureau of Investigation to reveal the people behind Fb pages that provide a swift passport appointment course of.
“Inatasan ko na ang ating Anti-Cybercrime Group na imbestigahan at magsagawa ng mga kaukulang operasyon upang mahuli at mapanagot ang mga taong nasa likod nito,” Eleazar stated in an announcement.
(I already ordered our Anti-Cybercrime Group to analyze and conduct follow-up operations to catch and make accountable the individuals behind this scheme.)
Hindi natin papayagan na pagkakitaan pa ang ating mga kababayan lalo na ang mga OFWs dahil sa hirap ng buhay ngayon na dulot ng hinaharap nating pandemya,” he added.
(We won’t permit our OFWs to be exploited particularly in the course of the pandemic the place life is already arduous.)
Eleazar additionally encourages the general public to not patronize such companies.
Appointment slots for all consular companies are free, in accordance with DFA.
The DFA has additionally requested Fb to establish and take down the stated accounts.
Eleazar stated the victims of the rip-off can file their complaints via the varied platforms of the PNP’s E-Sumbong.
The PNP’s E-sumbong official textual content hotline are 09191601752 for Good, and 09178475757 for Globe customers, whereas data may be forwarded to their electronic mail handle at [email protected] or fb.com/OfficialPNPhotline.