The public should not believe online advertisements that offer to lift the blacklist orders issued by the Bureau of Immigration (BI), the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) warned.
The VACC -- a non-stock, non-profit, non-government organization which envisions a crime-free and corruption-free Philippines -- issued the warning due to what it said as proliferation of online advertisements that offer lifting of blacklists for a fee ranging from P1 million to P5 million.
VACC President Arsenio “Boy” Evangelista Jr. described the advertisements as “scams” which have been reported in the past.
Evangelista advised the public “to refrain from entertaining such offers, and, instead, immediately report to authorities any attempt to illegally solicit payments in exchange for government services.”
In a statement, the VACC lamented that “these illegal and unauthorized advertisements might lead people to believe that such services are indeed being offered by government agencies and this gives the impression that corruption is rife in our agencies.”
It paid tribute to the BI for the agency’s cooperation in its drive against corruption and other forms of illegal activities.
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