'Scam!' CHED Commissioner warns public vs individuals using his name to solicit favors

Published May 28, 2021, 3:14 PM

by Merlina Hernando-Malipot

An official of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on Friday, May 28, warned the public against persons who are using his name in a scam and asked stakeholders first to “verify first” with the agency before dealing with such individuals.

(Photo from CHED Commissioner Ronald L. Adamat Facebook page)

Issuing an official statement posted on the official Facebook page of CHED, Commissioner Ronald L. Adamat informed and warned the public about “certain individuals who are victimizing some SUCs” using the name of “Commissioner Ronald Adamat” in a scam to solicit favors.

In particular, Adamat warned the state universities and colleges (SUCs) as well private higher education institutions (PHEIs) against these individuals who are soliciting favors “ranging from cellphone prepaid load worth P5,000 up to P10,000, and even telling these SUCs that he is visiting them and requesting for hotel accommodations.”

“This is clearly not the work of educated, peace-loving, God-fearing, and sane persons, but of extortionists and scammers who prey on unsuspecting victims,” Adamat said.

“These are people who are out to discredit my name and reputation through criminal activities and illegal schemes,” he added.

Adamat also warned all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) against these “people who are claiming to represent me are not in any way connected with my office nor they are legitimate representatives.”

Moreover, Adamat also called on all SUCs including PHEIs to be “vigilant” and to immediately report all suspicious activities and schemes that are using the name of “Commissioner Ronald Adamat” for possible prosecution and legal action.

Adamat also enjoined the public to coordinate with his office for for validation and verification. His office may be reached through telephone number (02) 8-441-1173; cellphone numbers 09271553770, 09611763931; or through email at [email protected] and [email protected]

“Let it be made clear that I have not authorized any person or group of individuals to solicit favors in money or in kind from our SUCs and private HEIs,” Adamat added.