An official of the Department of Foreign Affairs defended the agency’s employees on reports that they are involved in a syndicate that sells passport appointments.
According to DFA Asec. Frank Cimafranca of the Office of Consular Affairs, there have been no evidence that personnel of their agency are involved with fixers.
“So far, wala kaming mahagip yung ebidensya na meron ganito na involved yung mga tauhan namin.” Cimafranca said during the DZRH’s program One On One.
Cimafranca said that, while there have been widespread allegations in social media, no one has went to the DFA in order to accuse any employee of their office.
The DFA insisted that they do not tolerate any illegal activities within their agency.
“It’s just circulating in the social media.” Cimafranca explained. “Pero nobody came forward to really point in specific person or employee dito sa tanggapan namin.”
Cimafranca also promised that they will investigate any complaint filed to them and prosecute anyone proven to have committed the said violation.
“Even if its just an allegation right now, but we take them seriously. Especially kung may mag-complain sa amin. We will investigate and prosecute those responsible.” Cimafranca said.
Meanwhile, the DFA official admitted that there are fixers and scammers online which have been selling passport appointments for millions of pesos.
Cimafranca further revealed that some of these scams have advertisements in popular social media websites.
“There are mga advertisements diyan sa Facebook na sasabihan nila that they can set an appointment.” Cimafranca revealed.
Earlier, DFA Sec. Alan Peter Cayetano has denied the existence of a passport syndicate which allegedly has connections in the government agency and some travel agencies.