Business Mirror : UniTeam cites arrest of fund drive scammers

3 February 2022

By Business Mirror

THE Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) commended the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) following the arrest of two suspects tagged in the illegal solicitation of millions of pesos in campaign contributions for the UniTeam.

Retired Gen. Thompson Lantion, secretary-general of the PFP, said the police did a great job in stopping the criminals from taking advantage of the people’s support for Bongbong Marcos and Inday Sara Duterte, by seeking huge campaign contributions from the unsuspecting victims.

“We commend the leadership of PNP chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos and PNP-CIDG chief Maj. Gen. Albert Ferro for a job well done. Umaasa kaming mahihinto na ang pagsasamantala sa ating mga kababayan, lalo na ang milyun-milyong mga tagasuporta ng BBM-Sara UniTeam,” Lantion said.

Ferro identified the suspects as Reynaldo Llorin, 64; and Rolly Balazon, 53, both residents of Omicron Street, RT Gonzales Village, Quezon City.

Two of their cohorts identified as Isidro Sososco, councilor of Barangay Aurelio, San Jose, Dinagat Island; and Ma. Buen Bajar Castillo, who is now running for municipal councilor of San Jose, Dinagat Island, escaped.

The police official said the suspects were leaders of the Bangon Bagong Maharlika Movement who presented themselves as allies of the BBM-Sara UniTeam, which Lantion denied.

“We have not authorized any group to solicit funds from the people. That’s why we appeal to BBM supporters to be careful against this modus. Don’t be scared to report this, as we assure you the authorities will catch them,” he added, speaking in Filipino.

Elements of the CIDG-National Capital Region led by Police Col. Randy Glenn Silvio caught the suspects in an entrapment following complaints from many of their victims.

It was gathered that the main targets of the suspects were independent mayoral candidates from the provinces, as well as some overseas Filipino workers and private businesses willing to support the campaign of Bongbong and Sara.   They would ask big sums of money from local bets in exchange for the supposed support of Bongbong and Sara by raising their arms during the sorties in their localities.

That prospect, however, is apparently remote since the tandem has pre-scheduled activities even before embarking on rallies.

The suspects also duped OFWs and private businesses by demanding money from them to boost the campaign of the UniTeam.