After President Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, it is now COMELEC Commissioner Rene Sarmiento’s name that is being used in a scam.
“For quite some time now, somebody has been posing as COMELEC Commissioner Rene V. Sarmiento, calling various politicians and soliciting donations or sponsorships for golf tournaments allegedly in behalf of the Commission,” stated Atty. Abigail Justine C. Lilagan, Comm. Sarmiento’s Chief of Staff.
She said they have received numerous reports from politicians particularly from the Offices of Representatives Tomas V. Apacible; Mylene J. Garcia-Albano; Lucy T. Gomez; Rodolfo G. Biazon; Rufus B. Rodriguez; Cesar G. Jalosjos; Victor J. Yu; Ma. Evita R. Arago; Alfredo D. Marañon, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and former Batangas Governor Jose Antonio C. Leviste.
The poser used the number 0915-5673078 in this devious scheme, according to Lilagan.
“For the record, the Commission on Elections does not sponsor / solicit sponsorships for golf tournaments and to be more emphatic, Comm. Rene V. Sarmiento does not play golf!” she said.
For his part, COMELEC Spokesman James Jimenez, whose name has also been used by unscrupulous persons to collect money in the past; said they will be coordinating with concerned government agencies such as the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) regarding this modus operandi. ###