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Bacolod City, PhilippinesWednesday, November 14, 2012

My sister was
almost a victim

Dear Tita,

I hope my letter will be a lesson for girls who are fond of communicating with guys through the Internet.

My sister, Sabel (not her real name), met Ken, an Australian, through the Internet. He said he was divorced from his wife and had a six-year-old daughter who was living with him. She fell for him because he seemed like a nice guy. He told her he wanted to marry her and that he was coming here very soon.

Sabel was so excited over her foreigner boyfriend and she told us that he wanted her to look for a nice house in a well-secured subdivision so he could buy it for her when he comes. We immediately went to a realtor and found a seven-million peso house and lot that we liked. Sabel even showed it to her friends who were all excited at her good fortune.

On the day that Ken was supposed to come, we were waiting for news of his arrival in Manila but after two hours, there was none. Finally, he called and said he was delayed because there was a question at the Immigration because of the money he was bringing with him to buy the house. We told him to contact their embassy so that the problem could be straightened out.

Ken told Sabel that he was having a difficult time and needed P20,000 so he could move around the city. He asked if we could send him the amount immediately so he could rush here and settle his account. Sabel wanted me to secure the amount he wanted but something made me pause and a flicker of doubt entered my mind.

I asked to speak to Ken and I told him to wait at the NAIA as I would request our uncle, who is an officer in the PNP, to look for him and give him the money. I told him our uncle would help him with his problem as he knows a lot of people.

When Ken heard this, he quickly said never mind about asking our uncle to look for him and he hang up the phone. That was the last we heard from him. Sabel tried to contact him through the Internet a lot of times but he never replied.

Later, a friend of ours in Cebu told us that she had a similar experience with her foreigner boyfriend who allegedly arrived in Manila and asked her to send him P25,000 so he could bring in the things he brought for her. She immediately borrowed the amount from her supervisor and sent it to him. After that, she never heard from him again.

Up to now, Sabel still hopes that Ken would get in touch with her and explain what happened. I told her to stop fooling herself and that she was almost a victim of a scam. If I didn’t listen to my “inner voice”, we probably would have sent Ken the P20,000 and would have waited for nothing.

I hope other young girls would read this letter and be forewarned.


Dear Older Sister,

Your letter was certainly an eye opener for gullible girls, who wish to have a “rich” foreigner boyfriend who could give them the comfortable life they hope for. There have been so many stories of this kind and it’s a wonder why some people still get taken in.

One of the frequently-reported cases is the “budol-budol” scam. Even prominent and intelligent people in the community have been victimized.

Always keep this in mind: “When something sounds too good to be true, it usually is”.


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Fund-raising concert in
Sum-ag Thursday

November 15 will be a music-filled night in Brgy. Sum-ag Bacolod City as local talents, led by Charles Kevin Tan, Jilliane Rose Dinorog, Joan Bernal and Nimrod Villamarzo, perform in a concert at the Sum-ag Gym at 7 p.m.

The concert, a fund-raising event for the benefit of the San Juan Nepomuceno Parish will also feature charity diva Token Lizares, Francis Marie Quiatchon, Oliver Celiz, and dance sport champion Glas Rosquillo.

The Knights of Columbus Choir in Sum-ag will also perform at the event who a Kundiman Medley.

The activity is being organized by the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council of the SJNP.

Proceeds from the concert will be used for church repair and other projects in the parish.*NAB

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Dental outreach
set in Silay

Around 200 residents benefited from the medical mission and barangay consultation conducted by the Office of Rep. Mercedes Alvarez (Neg. Occ., 6th District), Candoni Mayor Jechnonias Manzano, the Philippine Army and JCI CHICKS United in Brgy. Payauan, Candoni recently, a press release her office said.

About 500 packs of school supplies were also distributed to students of Payauan Elementary School in the town by Alvarez and Sangguniang Panlalawigan Board Members Pedro Zayco and Helen Zafra, the press release also said.

The activity was in line with the CHICKS Caravan Project organized by Alvarez with her father, Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr., to bring government services to the people, especially in far-flung barangays.

The services include free medical check up with medicines, tooth extraction, legal consultation, seminars, and free registration of births and sponsored mass weddings, the press release said.

Areas that have benefited from the project are barangays Camindangan and Manlucahoc in Sipalay City, Sangke and Damutan in Hinobaan, Carol-an and Locotan in Kabankalan City, Tabu, Canlamay and Balicotoc in Ilog, Baclao in Cauayan and Agboy in Candoni, the press release added.*

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Fund-raising concert in Sum-ag Thursday
Dental outreach set in Silay
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