The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has arrested alleged scammers who disguised themselves as representatives of a bishop to secure donations from senators.
Authorities identified the suspects as John Curt Resco and Dennis Jose Borbon.
According to John Consulta’s “24 Oras” report on Saturday, the suspects represented themselves as the Daet bishop’s representatives to ask for P300,000 for the diocese.
The report said the office of Senate President Vicente Sotto III sought their help on the matter.
“Vinerify namin yung bishop sa Archdiocese ng Bicol, walang ganoong klaseng bishop. Walang nanghihingi sa kanila ng ayuda or tulong,” said Sixto Espinesin Jr., executive officer of the NBI-Special Task Force.
(We verified the identity of the bishop with the Archdiocese of Bicol, and we found out there was no bishop who asked them for help or assistance.)
Borbon, the alleged mastermind of the scam, is currently detained at the Manila City Jail for an estafa case.
Meanwhile, authorities launched an operation at the prison facility and retrieved the cellphones used by the suspects to communicate with the office of Sotto and Senator Francis Tolentino.
“I knew no bishop would do such a thing, and so I set him up through the Senate Sgt. At Arms and the NBI,” Sotto said.
Authorities are set to file charges against the suspects. — Richa Noriega/VBL, GMA News
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