By Betheena Unite
The Bureau of Customs warned the public not to fall prey to a Facebook user posing as Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo Guerrero.
Assistant Commissioner Vincent Philip Maronilla said that unidentified individuals have been using the name of Guerrero to “scam and extort money from the public.”
Various reports, he said, had reached the bureau saying that the Facebook user “Rey Guerrero” has been sending private messages to stakeholders, responding to their queries posted on the bureau’s official Facebook page.
“Sa panahon na ito natural lamang na may nagsasamantala sa ating mga kababayan at nais sigurong kumita ng pera sa maling paraan. Isa na dito yung pagpapanggap ng mga taong ito na sila’y opisyal ng gobyerno at ginagamit yung idenity at pangalan ng ating matataas na opisyal especially dito sa Bureau of Customs (It’s natural that there are people who take advantage of the situation to earn money using the wrong way. One of these is posing as government officials, using their names, especially here in the Bureau of Customs),” Maronilla said.
“No less than the commissioner of customs’ identity ang in-asssume ng isang Facebook user na amin ngayon ina-identify na nagpapanggap na siya si Commissioner Guerrero at nakatanggap kami ng maraming reklamo na nagme-message po ito at pinapapasok ang ilang mga kababayan natin sa transaksyon na maaaring maloko sila at makuhanan ng pera (No less than the identity of Commissioner Guerrero was assumed by a Facebook user who has been posing as Commissioner Guerrero. We received complains that this Facebook user is sending message and engaging Filipinos to enter into transactions that aim to dupe them),” the assistant commissioner added.
Maronilla said that the Facebook user uses a picture of the commissioner as his or her display photo on the social networking site.
“Hindi po ito si commissioner ito po ay poser lamang (This isn’t the commissioner, this just a poser),” the official said, urging the stakeholders and other individuals transacting with the bureau to not engage with the alleged poser.
The public was reminded that the commissioner “is not using his personal Facebook account to respond to official matters and other concerns to the Bureau of Customs.” There are units within the bureau that are tasked to answer concerns and queries from the public, Maronilla said.