MANILA, August 4, 2015— A Catholic bishop has joined calls for justice for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who fell victim to an alleged Php 3 billion investment scam.
Bishop Ruperto Santos, who heads the Church’s migrants ministry, asked authorities to prosecute those involved in the crime as more people look for ways to recover their losses.
“They should be brought to justice, prosecuted and convicted and their hard-earned money should be returned,” said Santos of the CBCP’s Commission for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People.
At least 18 victims accused One Dream Marketing Inc. of syndicated estafa, claiming they were duped into investing their money in the company.
“It’s a pity our OFWs are victims. It is disheartening that cruel and cunning people callously preyed on the trust and innocence of our OFWs,” Santos said.
The bishop then warned the faithful to be more cautious against fraudulent entities and investments scams.
“This is a lesson for us all. Be careful and be attentive to those who are offering easy money or promising highest return of investments or interests,” he said.
The Department of Justice department already started its investigation and summoned some officials of One Dream to appear at the DOJ on Aug. 13 for the preliminary probe on the alleged investment scam. (CBCPNews)