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Fixer, Other Suspects of Cash Aid Distribution Scam Arrested in Pasig

The local authorities of Pasig City have arrested an alleged fixer and other suspects for allegedly profiting from the cash aid distribution.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto tweeted a story on Twitter that a man and his associates were detained for profiteering from monetary aid distribution in Pasig City during the pandemic. The apprehended suspect, according to Vico, was a “fixer” who would hand out paperwork to Pasig people in order to recruit them for the fraud.

Pasig Cash Aid Fixer

According to Mayor Vico, the scammers’ method is to offer a quick transaction in exchange for claiming the Pasig government’s cash assistance. The recruited would receive P1,000, with the fixer and validator splitting the remaining P3,000 from the P4,000 in financial aid.

“Isang libong staff natin ang nagpapagod para maging maayos ang pamamahagi ng ayuda. Hindi kaya bigyan lahat ng cash ayuda mula sa nasyonal, pero basta’t walang korapsyon o palakasan, ok tayo,” Sotto said.

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Sotto expresses displeasure with unscrupulous individuals that take advantage of their fellow citizens despite the country’s health crises. “Pero di pa rin talaga maalis-alis sa utak ng ibang tao ang panlalamang sa kapwa,” he stressed.

“Sa mga magnanakaw na nahuli, pasensyahan na lang tayo. Hindi na kayo naawa sa mga taong nangangailangan, tapos ngayon kayo pa ang magpapaawa?? Mas bagay kayo sa kulungan,” he said.

A staff of Pasig City’s Child’s Hope Hospital was also arrested on Saturday during an entrapment operation after reportedly charging a fee for the city’s free swab test. The defendant was “selling” free swab tests to non-residents of Pasig for P900 to P3,900, according to the investigation.

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