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Goking: Probe alleged scam on senior citizens

“MY point is that P300 may not be big for everyone but for senior citizens, gidaginot pa gyud nila.” 

This was stressed by Councilor George Goking, chairman of the City Council committee on trade and commerce, in his special report on yesterday’s regular session relative to another alleged scam, this time targeting the senior citizens.

Just recently, the City Administrator said they are now investigating the scheme and how it reached the Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs (Osca).

“It’s about time that we revitalize this anti-scam force to monitor all scammers in Cagayan. It’s a big problem now,” said Goking.

Sometime last week, an alleged founder was able to collect from some senior citizens the amount of P300 each as registration fee to the Pearl of the Orient International Marian Workers Missionary Foundation Corporation. In return, the senior citizens were promised to receive a monthly pension of P12,000 every month, a debit card in the amount of P2 million and a chance to obtain their own house and lot.

As pointed out on the police blotter, Goking confirmed the identity of the suspect as a retired City Hall employee who also happens to be a senior citizen.

If proven guilty, the alleged founder will face estafa charges as well as usurpation of authority, the report further cited. (sp)

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