The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) in Tagbilaran CIty expressed concern over several attempts to swindle establishments in the city using Vice Mayor Jose â€œTotoâ€ Velosoâ€™s name.
Veloso, the SPâ€™s presiding officer, said that the illegal operation which has been dragging his name involved making orders through telephone calls to various establishments in Tagbilaran City.
In the latest incident on Thursday, the suspect issued an indirect threat to an employee of the Gamot Publiko pharmacy along JA Clarin St. as the attempt to swindle the establishment faltered.
The unidentified caller who spoke in Tagalog reportedly asked the pharmacy attendant if they had bulletproof vests on as he was irked by the inaction of the employee.
Prior to the verbal altercation, the suspect reportedly ordered a bulk of medicine using Velosoâ€™s name and asked for the transfer of cellphone load to two numbers worth P1000 each.
The swindle attempt was foiled as Veloso immediately denied having made such requests when the pharmacy attendant contacted the vice mayorâ€™s office.
In a previous similar case, an unidentified caller ordered food worth P2,000 from Jollibee Plaza Marcela using Velosoâ€™s name.
However, Veloso was surprised when the delivery was made as the vice mayor denied having made the order.
The food was sent back and Jollibee employees as per protocol reportedly covered the foodâ€™s payment.
Another similar incident happened at Pizza Hut in BQ Mall.
The suspect ordered food again worth P2000 but the attempt was foiled as the food chainâ€™s crew immediately dismissed the call as a prank.
Following the incidents, Veloso issued a warning to business owners in the city urging them to be vigilant against the said modus.
Veloso also called on the Tagbilaran City police to investigate the case and put an end to the spate of swindling attempts.Â (Allen Doydora)Â
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