TESDA chief falls victim to another scam; asks NBI’s help

MANILA — Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General Guiling Mamondiong is again facing another scam, and has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the person/s behind this.

On Monday, TESDA revealed that an unidentified person uses Mamondiong’s name to collect money from TESDA officials, saying this will be used for the government’s drug rehabilitation program.

The person cites the Office of the Director General when asking for financial contributions, according to the agency.

As such, Mamondiong has issued an advisory, ordering officials of all TESDA offices to ignore phone calls which insinuate to collect money allegedly upon his instruction.

In the advisory, Mamondiong noted that he never used the telephone to relay any important directives to TESDA and all of its attached agencies.

He also instructed TESDA officials to verify this kind of phone calls with his office first, and be cautious in dealing with the situation.

Mamondiong looks forward to the immediate result of the investigation, hoping that the NBI could pinpoint the culprit/s as soon as possible.

It may be recalled that just last month, a bogus Facebook account using the name “Gene Mamondiong” has surfaced. The said account, which uses Mamondiong’s photo as the profile picture, apparently shares untruthful news, banners and headlines.

He immediately sought the help of the NBI to conduct an in-depth investigation and cyber forensic examination on the matter.

The account is still active and has more than 1,000 “friends” when the Philippine News Agency checked it.

Mamondiong said he has a Facebook account using the name “Guiling Gene Mamondiong”, but emphasized that he doesn’t use it to post any official message.

The TESDA chief earlier warned the public against transacting with the fake Facebook account, and also highlighted that TESDA does not negotiate via the social media.

TESDA told PNA it is still waiting for the result of the NBI’s investigation on the bogus account. Ma. Cristina Arayata/PNA-northboundasia.com