3 female ‘pastors’ arrested in investment scam

Three women who identified themselves as pastors were arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) after allegedly running an investment scam in which the victims lost P2.6 million.

NBI Anti-Fraud Division personnel arrested the suspects after they allegedly accepted money in an entrapment operation.

About P1 million is being demanded from the victims with the promise that they will earn 10 percent per day on the alleged investment in crude oil and cryptocurrency.

According to the 2 victims, they allegedly earned when their investment was small, but they allegedly got nothing since February when they put in P2.6 million.

According to the victims, they were upset, especially in the church where they met the pastors and some conversations about investment took place.

Several IDs with different names were recovered from the suspects. They refused to give an interview.

According to Palmer Mallari, chief of the NBI Anti-Fraud Division, the suspects are not registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to operate the investment.

The promised return on investment is also unreliable, Mallari said.

The 3 suspects were arrested in the case of syndicated estafa and usurpation of authority.

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GenSan placed under GCQ until June 30

General Santos City was subjected to general community quarantine from modified GCQ until June 30 due to the increase in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the city.

Based on the local Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) report on COVID-19 response, all hospitals in the city are full. For now, only those with essential activities are allowed to go out.

If it is necessary to pass through the city to another nearby area, the resident is still required to show a negative RT-PCR test.

This now brings long queues of vehicles at border checkpoints in and out of GenSan.

In Executive Order No. 25 released by the local government, dine-in will be banned, no tourist spots or malls will open in the city, except for supermarkets.

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