Thursday, 07 May 2020 15:01

Communities warned against fraudulent activities during COVID-19 pandemic


Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen, Vice President for Operations of Radio Veritas 846 gave an advisory to communities on fraudulent activities specifically on donations bearing the name of Church institutions especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Radio Veritas, a Church-owned radio station, and Caritas Manila, the social service arm of the Archdiocese of Manila, are among those institutions which fraud perpetrators have used to lure donors to give money.

Rev. Fr. Roy Bellen, Vice President for Operations, Radio Veritas | File Photo of RCAM-AOC


According to Veritas news, Fr. Bellen informed the faithful to be vigilant by doing fact-checking of credible sources in social media and other media platforms. He also urged them to contact the respective organizations in order to confirm if the information they have received are legitimate or not.

“Nais kong ipaalala sa ating mga Kapanalig na mag-ingat po tayo; mas maganda ma-confirm kung saan po galing ang balita, yung panawagan o request; kung ito ba talaga ay galing sa simbahan,” he said. 

He told the faithful that they can follow updates and know factual information through the official social media accounts of Radio Veritas (Veritas846.ph), Caritas Manila and other Church offices.

“Mas maganda na we are always aware sa mga main platforms, mga official accounts ng Veritas, Caritas at mga Diocese; nang sa gayon we are aware na official ang mga panawagan,” he added.

Even public figures of the Catholic Church in the Philippines are not spared from these fraudulent activities. High ranking church officials like Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo and Archbishop Jose Palma, to name a few, were among those used to make fake social media accounts to solicit money.

Names of priests from various parishes were also being used with the same motive.

Fr. Bellen advised the faithful that it will be wise to call and confirm institutions if donations are to be made, to avoid falling victim to frauds. Here are the official contact information of Caritas Manila, Radio Vertas and The Archdiocese of Manila:

Caritas Maritas
2002 Jesuss Street Pandacan, Manila
8563-9311, 8564-0205, 0905-4285001, 0929-8343857
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Radio Veritas
Veritas Tower 162 West Avenue, cor. Edsa, Quezon City
(632) 8-925-7931 to 40, (632) 8-928-3068, (0918)837-4827, (0918-veritas)
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Archdiocese of Manila

121 Arzobispo Street Intramuros, Manila
8527-3962
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