Bogus Apu Ceto FB account still asking for donations

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The alleged fake Facebook account under the name of Archbishop Emeritus Paciano Aniceto is still soliciting for donations despite earlier denials of the prelate that the account is not his.

The account, "Archbishop Paciano Aniceto," is still up and running on Facebook. It now has 1,592 friends that include high profile politicians, government workers, media and Catholic church supporters.

The account enjoys regular likes and shared posting from its friends despite earlier statements from the Archdiocese of San Fernando discrediting the existence of the said account.

One Facebook user Michael Henson of Angeles City raised alarm that the user of the bogus account event sent messages to one potential donor seeking for financial donations.

Henson said the potential donor crossed checked if the account is legitimate, only to be surprised that it was a bogus account.

Facebook user policy has rules on fake accounts. However, complaints should be formally filed with Facebook for it to take down a fake account. The account is still active on Facebook as of Tuesday, August 22.

In its recent post, the account is soliciting to "raise an amount of P87,000 for the project in line with the Arzobispado's renovation for the upcoming anniversary."

The account is even using the poster designs for the upcoming 61st Canonical Coronation Anniversary of the Virgen delos Remedios.

Aniceto cautioned Catholics regarding the fake account and asked that they disregard calls for donations made by the user.

"So please disregard all these appeals or request for donations. Wala po akong kaugnayan ni ano man sa mga ganitong projects na palsipikado. Salamat po sa inyong pagtulong (I have nothing to do with such fake projects. Thank you for your help)," Aniceto said.
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