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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, January 5, 2018
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Beware of fake solicitors

Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. is warning the public to beware of persons claiming to be soliciting money for his anti-illegal drugs campaign.

A group of people sending out text messages in Tagalog have reportedly been asking owners of gas stations for donations for the governor's anti-illegal drugs campaign, his executive assistant Eric Loretizo said yesterday.

“Such effort to collect money using the name of the Governor's Office is downright illegal and the public must be made aware of this bogus operation,” Loretizo said.

They have received a lot of feedback from gas station owners that they have been getting visits or calls from the dubious people, Loretizo said.

These people solicit funds, by enticing gas station owners to do so in exchange for projects from the Capitol, he added.

They may have also approached other businesses in the province, Loretizo said.

The text message that these apparent "budol budol" operators are sending out to their prospective victims says: "Mam...xxx...gudafternun.Mam sa office ito ni governor alfredo g.maranon jr, negrosocc, mam kausapin kayo ni gov tnx (ma'am this is the office of Gov. Alfredo G. Marañon Jr., Negros Occidental, he will talk to you, thanks), tnx+63 956 218 1895"

After which they solicit the donations, Loretizo said.

The public is urged to report to any PNP station or to the Office of the Governor at telephone numbers 034 434 1152 or 034 434 1153 information that may lead to the identification or eventual arrest of the individuals involved in this dubious activity, he added.*CPG



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