Government workers warned over investment schemes

AN OFFICIAL of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG)-Davao urged government employees, who are members of the investment schemes, to resign if they keep on criticizing the government on its decision to stop the operation of these illegal activities.

DILG-Davao director Alex Roldan Wednesday, June 26, said in a press briefing at The Royal Mandaya Hotel that he was saddened upon reading some posts of some government employees on social media lambasting the government for its move on cracking down easy money schemes as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“One thing that saddens me, being a regional director, you are not just there to manage the agency but as a vanguard of the government. What saddens me are the posts on social media made by government employees criticizing the government for its decision to stop the scams,” Roldan said, adding, “Do not bite the hand that feeds you.”

If they wanted to criticize the government for ending the schemes, he said they must get out from the government because it contradicts the oath that they swore in. He cited that even government employees are prohibited from engaging in cockfighting or entering in a casino so as joining in illegal activities like investment schemes which promise hefty returns without legal permits.

“We have an oath of office, to follow or to obey the law duly-constituted authorities without mental reservation or any purpose of evasion. So you bind yourself to the loyalty to the government. Kung gusto ka mag (If you want to) criticize sa government because of its decision, you should get out of the government,” he added.

Early this month, the President ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), and the police to investigate investment schemes involved in “pyramiding scheme” and close them down.

“If you are criticizing the same institution that you’re working with, ang akong suggestion sa ilaha if dili na nila kaya nga nasakit gyud sila tungod kay ilahang plano nga makapalit ug auto nga bag-o na naputol, they should resign from the government. Bahalag mumartsa ka sa kalsada after that basta kay wala ka sa office (If they really feel bad that their plans to buy a new car did not materialize, they should resign from the government. You can then join protests on the streets),” he added.

He also urged the Civil Service Commission to act and remind all government employees who are participating in these kinds of schemes because unknowingly, they are used as an endorser of the scams aside from joining an illegal activity.

Meanwhile, DILG plans to come up with policies to prevent these Ponzi-like schemes from flourishing in the future.


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