Palace warns public vs unscrupulous individuals using Duterte’s name to solicit funds

(Eagle News) — The Palace has warned the public against individuals who solicit funds using President Rodrigo Duterte’s name.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo issued the statement on Wednesday, Feb. 14, after the Office of the President received reports  some unscrupulous individuals were doing this to “solicit or accept campaign funds, contributions or materials in favor of the senatorial candidates (Duterte) has personally endorsed.”

“For everyone’s information and guidance, the President has not authorized anyone in either the private or public sector, including government agencies like the Bureau of Customs, to resort to such illegal undertakings,” Panelo said.

He said “any person, regardless if one works in the government as an official or employee, who is or has been made the subject of solicitation using the name of the President, whether deliberate or inadvertent, should report immediately such fraud to the National Bureau of Investigation or to other law enforcement agencies.”

“The people by now should know that such a practice goes against the very principle which this Administration protects and advocates,” he said.

“This is yet another money-making scheme and those involved in this scam shall be dealt with in accordance with law,” he added.