Philippine police warns public of 'do-gooders' asking money for slain commandos

Philippine police warns public of 'do-gooders' asking money for slain commandos
People look at a display of photos in Manila on showing the 44 elite commandos who died in a police raid in Mamasapano town.

MANILA - Be wary of "do-gooders" collecting donations that will never get to the families of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who were killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, in January.

The National Police Commission (Napolcom) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned the public against persons seeking donations through text messages.

The messages mention Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and Defence Secretary Voltaire Gazmin in an apparent attempt to make the scam look credible.

"The DILG has issued a memorandum categorically denying any involvement in such solicitation activities," said Napolcom Vice Chair Eduardo Escueta.

Escueta added the DILG and Napolcom did not authorise anyone to seek donations on their behalf.

The Napolcom official said the agency enjoins its personnel nationwide to refrain from getting involved in soliciting donations.

"Any employee who engages in the aforementioned undertaking without justifiable cause shall be dealt with accordingly," Escueta said.

The public may report any attempts at solicitation to the DILG through Supt. Jonathan Cabal at (02) 928-6713, 0915-4208498, 0905-5269699 and 0916-7857500, or e-mail jonathan_cabal@yahoo.com.ph or underarmor2006@yahoo.com.ph.

Reports may also be sent to the Napolcom public information division at piopress08@yahoo.com.

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