UniTeam vice presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte warned the public against a scam where their supporters are supposedly to get an ID card for a minimal amount ranging from 20 to 180 pesos in exchange for an ATM card with an amount of P5,000 coming from UniTeam presidential bet Bongbong Marcos, Jr.
In a press conference in Davao City on Monday, February 28, the presidential daughter said that they do not ask for any membership fee from their supporters nor would they issue an ID and give an ATM card with money in it.
Mayor Sara Duterte said that such an activity by one group is a scam and refrained their supporters from falling into it.
On Sunday, February 27, two individuals identified as Virginia Almoroto Calape and Nanette V. Denopo were caught by the Davao City Police Office personnel while recruiting members for the UniTeam in Sto. Niño, Matina.
The recruited members reportedly paid P25 to Calape and Denopo for the Uniteam ID card lamination and membership processing.
Authorities recovered cash amounting to P4,895 from the suspects; along with filled-up forms; blank ID cards; certificate of appointment supposedly signed by former secretary Jesus Dureza as lead convenor, and Saida Wong and Edilberto Loquente as convenors; among others.
The Talomo Police coordinated with the UniTeam’s legal team for Davao Region headed by Atty. Joahna Paula Domingo who denied that their group has authorized anyone to use the UniTeam and the name of their presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos Jr. and vice presidential bet Sara Duterte for any activities in soliciting/collecting money from individuals just for ID cards and membership.
Few weeks back, a certain Rogelio Suarez, 52, a resident of Barangay Marapangi, Toril was also arrested by the police for the same reasons.
Suarez was nabbed by police at the Matina Crossing public market after he was reported to be allegedly recruiting members, soliciting and actually collecting money for P20.00 claiming it was for the use of the UniTeam Multisectoral Alliance Movement campaign of Marcos and Duterte-Carpio.
Efforts to get statement from Dureza proved futile as of this writing.