Sham orders target Robredo allies Pangilinan, Hontiveros

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 23 2021 03:37 PM | Updated as of Nov 23 2021 05:56 PM

This composite image shows Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, and Sen. Risa Hontiveros. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/Albert Calvelo, Senate PRIB
This composite image shows Vice President Leni Robredo, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, and Sen. Risa Hontiveros. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News/Albert Calvelo, Senate PRIB

MANILA (UPDATE) — Two opposition senators on Tuesday said their names were used by scammers to book fake orders, a scheme that also targeted their ally Vice President Leni Robredo this week. 

Robredo's running-mate Sen. Francis Pangilinan said his office received a message that P90,000 worth of frozen meat and wine would be delivered to them. 

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This invoice screenshot provided by Pangilinan's camp shows items that would have been delivered to his Senate office under a bogus order.

This invoice screenshot provided by Pangilinan's camp shows items that would have been delivered to his Senate office under a bogus order.

This invoice screenshot provided by Pangilinan's camp shows items that would have been delivered to his Senate office under a bogus order.

"Fake po 'yung order. Buti na lang hindi pa na-deliver," said Pangilinan, who is running for vice president in next year's elections. 

"Pakiusap po sa mga gumagawa nito, hirap na po ang ating mga kababayan sa pandemya, huwag nang manloko pa," he said in a statement. 

(The order was fake. It was a good thing it was not yet delivered. To those doing this, our compatriots are already suffering from the pandemic, please do not dupe them.) 

Meanwhile, Sen. Risa Hontiveros said a poser used her name and office address to order about P18,000 worth of lechon. 

"PROTECT LOCAL BUSINESSES! May bagong modus ang mga gustong manira sa atin... Kawawa ang mga negosyante, mga empleyado, at mga delivery riders na inaagrabrayado," Hontiveros, who is seeking reelection under Robredo's slate, said on Twitter. 

(Those who want to discredit us have a new modus. Businessmen, their employees, and delivery riders are put at a disadvantage.)

Hontiveros and Pangilinan believe politics could be behind this form of attack on certain opposition figures, citing the fact that even the office of Robredo was also subjected to a fake booking.

“Siguro merong isang nagmagaling at naisip, ‘Sige, dalhin na natin sa mga online transaction yung ating pambubully, itong ating paninira, pangi-insulto at panggugulo',” Pangilinan said.

(There's a mastermind who might have thought, 'Yes, we should take our bullying, lies, insults, and disturbances through online transactions.')

“Posibleng magkakaibang number para ganun kadaling ma-trace kung galing sa isang tao o isang grupo. Possibly hindi ito first time na ginawa ito, and this may not be the last,” Hontiveros said.

(It's possible they used different numbers so authorities won't be able to trace it to one person or group. Possibly, this is not their first time, and this may not be the last.)

Pangilinan has asked the National Bureau of Investigation to immediately investigate these hoax ordering incidents, given the difficulty of tracing the people behind these digital transactions.

The office of Robredo, a presidential candidate, said the Vice President's name was used to place multiple cash-on-delivery orders for grocery items worth around P100,000. 

“Baka akala ng scammers 'yung burden nasa amin. Hindi iniisip na kinakawawa nila 'yung riders saka 'yung mga shoppers nila na nabiktima. Umuulan pa naman kahapon and nabasa sila,” she said.

(Scammers think the burden is on us. They do not realize that they are victimizing riders, shoppers. It was raining yesterday and they were drenched.)

People who book fake orders by posing as someone else could face 6 years to 12 years of imprisonment for identity theft, the National Bureau of Investigation recently said. 

In July, 5 food delivery drivers were allegedly scammed when they were asked to bring pizza, chicken and lechon to the office of another presidential aspirant, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso. 

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— With a report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News