DILG, NAPOLCOM warn public of spurious groups soliciting donations for ‘SAF 44’

By on April 20, 2015


On the morning of January 29, 2015, the remains of the members of the PNP Special Action Force slain in Mamasapano arrived at the Villamor Air Base. The fallen PNP SAF were accorded arrival honors, led by the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas, PNP Deputy Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina, and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Catapang. (Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office)
On the morning of January 29, 2015, the remains of the members of the PNP Special Action Force slain in Mamasapano arrived at the Villamor Air Base. The fallen PNP SAF were accorded arrival honors, led by the Secretary of the Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas, PNP Deputy Dir. Gen. Leonardo Espina, and AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Gregorio Catapang. (Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office)

MANILA — The Department and Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) warned the public against spurious groups allegedly soliciting donations through text messages for the families of “SAF 44”, even mentioning the names of the Secretaries of the Interior and Local Government and the National Defense to make the scam more credible.

This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Eduardo U. Escueta after the DILG issued a memorandum categorically denying any involvement in such solicitation activity.

In the said memorandum, the DILG said that is does not authorize anybody to solicit donations on its behalf nor encourage any form of solicitations for the families of “SAF 44” among its personnel and employees.

Escueta said that the NAPOLCOM is committed in preserving its integrity and enjoins its personnel nationwide to refrain from entertaining or getting involved in this kind of activity.

“Any personnel or employee who will engage in the aforementioned undertaking without justifiable cause shall be dealt with accordingly,” Escueta said.

In case the public receive information on similar incident in the future, please report immediately to the DILG (Attn: PSupt. Jonathan A. Cabal) at telephone number (+63) 02-9286713, mobile nos: +639154208498, +639055269699, and +639167857500 or email at jonathan_cabal@yahoo.com.ph or underarmor2006@yahoo.com.ph. Reports may also be sent to NAPOLCOM Public Information Division at piopress08@yahoo.com.