By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo warned the public anew about people pretending to be him in social media to extort money from them.
In his press briefing, Panelo said that he received a note from his friend containing an exchange apparently from himself to another person.
“It appears in that note that one Perry Callanta who I knew to be a student of the U.P. (University of the Philippines) at that time when I was there. It appears in that note that there were exchanges coming from me that I was asking for money,” he said.
Panelo said he was so upset that he called Callanta after the latter texted him that he owed him P200,000.
“I told him I wanted to curse like the President. ‘I cannot even imagine why people like you would be entertaining this kind of scam.’ I said, ‘You know my number, you know my mobile, why didn’t you call me?'” he recalled.
“So for the umpteenth time, I’m cautioning the public to be wary of scams using my name,” he added.
According to Panelo, he has decided to deactivate all his social media accounts to people can no longer use his name in scamming other people.
“As a result of this, I have decided to cut all my Facebook accounts, Messenger and everything, so they can no longer use it. So I’m telling you now, anybody who uses my name or used my name, or anybody who comes out with a Facebook account. That’s a fake,” he said.
“I think this is the 5th scam that I received, using my name. And money had been deposited to accounts in the name of other people. I cannot.. I really cannot understand why these people who are supposed to know me, would believe that,” he added.
He then said he can only think of one reason why scammers would use his name to fool other people. “The only reason, I think , that I can conclude is that my name seems to be very credible, they’re using my name,” he said.
Panelo said that he already reported the incident to the National Bureau of Investigation.