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Woman Loses Php75,000 on Credit Card after Receiving Fake Call from ‘Bank’ CSR

These days, we do a lot of transactions online or through the phone. We don’t even have to physically go to the bank to transfer money to another person or go to the mall to buy the things we need.

But while this has given us a lot of convenience, this has also led to problems as unscrupulous individuals and syndicates are preying on unsuspecting bank users to unknowingly reveal information that can be used to get or charge money from their accounts.

A woman recently went to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to seek help after someone tricked her into sharing information about her credit card. This led to a whopping charge of Php75,000 that she now has to pay the bank even if she hadn’t gotten hold of a single cent of that money.

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According to ‘Marlene’, not her real name, someone called her and pretended to be a customer service representative from BDO. She was informed that her account has been compromised and that she should provide her PIN to the bank representative (the caller) to block the account.

Afraid that someone might get money from her account, she rushed to provide her PIN. She was told that she will receive a text message right after the transaction but when the message showed that Php75,000 had been charged on her account, she immediately called the number provided.

She was rather shocked to learn that the ‘bank’ CSR had actually duped her into giving her PIN and had charged that much money from her account.

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Because she wasn’t the one who got the money, she was positive that the bank would reverse the charges but she was in for another surprise because the bank told her she should still pay. She had appealed the bank’s decision twice, to no avail; thus, she brought the matter to the NBI.

Marlene argued that the bank should not force her to pay because she isn’t familiar with online transactions.

Sadly, it is highly likely that she would be forced to pay for the amount because the transaction had been valid as the correct PIN had been entered.

Watch the report here:

#TVPatrol EXCLUSIVE: Ingat sa mga natatanggap na text at tawag, Kapamilya! Isang ginang kasi ang natangayan ng P75,000 sa credit card ng nagpanggap na customer service agent ng bangko. https://bit.ly/2OTTWqL

Posted by TV Patrol on Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River, Fundraising Goes Viral

Giant bamboo will be planted along the banks of the Marikina River. What’s so amazing is that the fundraising project has gone viral, with so many people offering to help donate money for the cause and also in planting the bamboo as part of a natural flood-control barrier! Wow.

Giant Bamboo to Be Planted Along Marikina River

So many floods ruined Metro Manila and other areas due to deforestation and other activities that ruined nature. It is sad reality that humans have cut down most of the world’s forests and removed many plants to convert these areas into roads, subdivisions for houses, factories, and other structures.

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With many of the watersheds destroyed through mining and other forms of deforestation, more severe floods are experienced in many areas. In 2017, then DENR Secretary Gina Lopez warned about the destruction that could happen from floods due to the denuded watersheds, but no one listened.

After Typhoon Ulysses brought Ondoy-like floods to Metro Manila recently, the people are finally listening!

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Fr. Benigno P. Beltran is among those leading the fundraising so that they can plant Philippine Giant Bamboo along the banks of the Marikina River. While the project won’t have an immediate effect on the area, this will truly have long-term benefits as the plants will save so many people from floods in the future.

Dendrocalamus Asper – we will plant the Philippine Giant Bamboo along the river banks of the Marikina River and its tributaries along the Marikina Watershed. We already ordered seedlings from Bukidnon. Take a look at the shoot I am holding! In ideal conditions, it’s poles can reach up to 14 inches at the base. Help us purchase more cuttings of the giant bamboo, pretty please?” the priest shared in a post on Facebook.

The post has since gone viral, gaining nearly 20k shares and more than 16k reactions. Thousands of people promised to help plant the bamboo, once the project is launched. Wow.

Photo credit: Benigno P. Beltran / Facebook

What’s a Watershed?

A watershed is a land area, often several hectares in size, that collects and drains off water into a body of water, such as a river, lake, or bay.

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Task Force Illegally Confiscates GrabFood Rider’s Key for Traffic Violation

The GrabFood rider admits that disobeyed the traffic rules but this does not give the task force any right to confiscate his motorcycle key! Tsk. Tsk. His fines also amounted to Php5,150!

Task Force Illegally Confiscates Rider’s Key

It is true that there are a lot of hard-headed motorists out there who disregard traffic signs, especially if they don’t see any traffic police or barangay task force along the way.

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Though they have to be fined for the violation, of course, getting their driver’s license is actually against the law. Moreover, confiscating the vehicle key is also illegal!

Recently, GrabFood rider Ramil Romaraog figured in altercation with a Task Force of Brgy. San Antonio, Makati. The GrabFood rider admits that he made a mistake in entering the one-way road from the opposite direction, but things got complicated when he asked the Task Force to give him a ticket then and there so he could get his license back.

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According to Romaraog, he followed another delivery rider who entered the one-way road. Both of them got caught by the Barangay Task Force.

The other delivery rider readily left his driver’s license but Romaraog wants to get his back because he still has to work that day. It would be easier for him to just pay the fine. But the group didn’t have a ticket stub. They insisted on confiscating his license.

Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action
Photo credit: Raffy Tulfo in Action

When he insisted on getting a ticket, one of the Task Force guys illegally confiscated his motorcycle key! The Task Force was identified to be someone named John May, as confirmed by Ronald Ferrera, the Barangay Admin of Brgy. San Antonio.

According to Ferrera, John May is part of the Bantay Bayan augmentation team.

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After his story went viral, the rider was informed that the barangay captain will pay for his ticket to help him out. But everyone was shocked that he received fines amounting to Php5,150!

Aside from getting a fine for disregarding the “No Entry Sign” that amounted to Php2,000, he was also fined for DTS (Php500), obstructing roads (Php500), reckless driving (Php2,000), and being arrogant (Php150)! Netizens think this is too much – the fines are redundant.

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What is DTS?

DTS is a traffic violation that means “Disregarding Traffic Signs”. This is one of the most common violations in the Philippines and carries a fine of Php500.

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Other OFWs Break Up Hair-Pulling Match Between Two Pinays in Hong Kong

A group of OFWs in Hong Kong had to break up a hair-pulling match between two Pinays who could be seen wrestling each other on the ground for yet unknown reasons.

OFWs Break Up Match Between Two Pinays

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Even with the COVID-19 crisis going on across the world, there are still a lot of places where people congregate to simply hang out and have fun with friends. This is particularly true in Hong Kong where overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) often go to certain areas to meet up with friends during their day off.

For these Filipino workers, their day off is also quite important for their sanity – and many continue to avail of this privilege by spending the day with friends at popular hangouts like Tamar Park in Admiralty, Hong Kong.

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Recently, however, the OFWs hanging out at the park witnessed the hair-pulling match between two Pinays. For still unknown reasons, the two had a catfight and were seen pulling each other’s hair even though they were being held by their respective friends.

The women were so angry with each other that no amount of advice from their friends made them stop – and they had to be physically pulled apart from each other, with some force, before they finally quit pulling each other’s hair!

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There were so many people watching the two, yet they did not seem to think about the consequences of their actions at all.

Though the reason behind the hair-pulling match is still unknown, many netizens are speculating that this has something to do with some guy. A lot pointed out that no respectable woman would go all out on another woman in a catfight like this, if a guy was not involved in the story.

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Other netizens said that they don’t care what the two were fighting about but wish that they had stayed decent. No guy is worth losing your face amid such a big crowd!

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What’s a Catfight?

A catfight is a fight between two women. Though this might involve just a verbal match, there could be some physical altercation involved.

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