Bello warns vs fake FB account using his name, DOLE event photo for scam

THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) warned the public against a fake Facebook account which is illegally soliciting cash using the name of Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III.

Bello denied any links with the account, which has been asking for cash, supposedly to be used for community pantries he supports and for his senatorial bid.

“It is lamentable that some people would resort to this despicable scheme to besmirch my name for their advantage. And it is doubly deplorable that they would use falsehood and deception to victimize others in this time of crisis,” Bello said in a statement issued last Sunday.

The bogus account made use of Bello’s picture and as background photo, used the tarpaulin of DOLE’s flagship program “Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced Workers,” or “Tupad,” during the assistance payout in Tarlac with Governor Susan Yap.

The Facebook account currently has 1,211 friends.

Bello has sought the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation to go after the people behind the fake account.

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