'Appointed' by Marcos? Palace warns vs scammers offering gov't positions

Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 27 2023 08:46 PM

 Presidential Communications Office 
Presidential Communications Office 

MANILA — Malacañang on Friday warned the public against fraudsters who claim they have been "appointed" by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to a government position. 

The scammers have allegedly asked for money from victims to secure the non-existing appointments, the Presidential Communications Office said.

Eight people went to the Palace for their "oath-taking ceremony" on Friday, with the scammers, who identified themselves as Undersecretary Eduardo Diokno and Assistant Secretary Johnson See from the Office of the Executive Secretary, saying Marcos will administer their oath. 

"Some of the victims said they already had doubts on the authenticity of appointments and oath taking after noticing some inconsistencies in the information being provided to them by the scammers, but they still proceeded to Malacañang," the statement read. 

"Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Hubert Guevara said there was no oath taking ceremony scheduled Friday afternoon, and the 'appointees' obviously fell victim to fraudsters," it added. 

Positions offered include the following, the Palace said: 

  •  Ambassadorial post to The Netherlands
  •  DOTr assistant secretary
  •  Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) board member
  •  Clark International Airport Corp. (CIAC) president and CEO 
  •  Early Childhood Care and Development Council executive director
  •  vice chairperson, Clark Development Corp. (CDC) director and Port of Batangas manager. 

A President appoints an official through the Executive Secretary, who will then transmit the letter to the recipient. 

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