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BDO hit by fraud cases, BSP probe on

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MANILA — The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has allayed fears of some BDO Unibank Inc. (BDO) clients who reported loss of money from online transactions they allegedly did not conduct personally.


BSP Deputy Governor Chuchi Fonacier said officials of BDO have reported to the central bank about the unauthorized withdrawals.


"We requested some more information based on what was earlier reported. But, it looks like there was skimming of cards," she told PNA in a phone message.


Skimming is an illegal activity wherein information stored in an automated teller machine (ATM) card is stolen using a skimming device placed on top of the ATM card slot.


People would not notice the skimming device because it looks like the ATM card slot, and the stolen information is then stored in an illegally made ATM card to withdraw the account holder's funds.


"This is being addressed by existing regulations of the BSP which is the liability shift framework," she said, adding that the fraud incidents would not be another blow to the domestic banking industry.


"The bank should shoulder the loss incurred by the depositor due to skimming after its investigation finding NO fault on the part of the depositor," she added.


BDO earlier said it has noticed an industry-wide "extraordinary rise" of fraudulent bank account transactions done without the account holders' knowledge, especially in the last quarter of 2017.


It said the transactions took place in other countries.


"We are currently running a thorough investigation process that involves tracing individual transactions, checking any irregular activities and identifying signals of fraud from millions of valid transactions everyday. This challenging task is done to ensure that all cases are addressed accordingly, and that a resolution is served for all valid cases," it said.


The bank also asked affected clients to formally file a report with the bank, through This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , international tollfree number IAC +800-8-631-8000, and domestic hotline number 631-8000, for proper facilitation. 

Julia Montes remains close with Coco Martin

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Are Coco Martin and Julia Montes real sweethearts now?


Reports on the relationship of the two never ceases triggering speculations on their actual relationship as the two continue to be mum about their status.

Why does the news never fade? 

“Kasi, siguro, close talaga kami. Hindi lang siya naging close dahil lang sa trabaho, kasi prior nga, lagi naming sinasabi before pa, nagkasama na kami. Hindi siya yung parang after work, wala na. May communication pa rin,” said Julia in a report of Arci Pineda.

Is it true that Julia feels jealous when Coco is paired with another women? 

Julia had a ready answer: “Bakit ako magdyi-jealous? Hindi po. And actually, sabi ko nga, e, bagay sila as love team. Wala dapat ipagselos.” 

How did she feel she was not paired with Coco in “Ang Probinsyano" despite the two having been paired for three television series alread? 

Their first team up was in 2012 in “Walang Hanggan” Then in “Ikaw lamang” and its sequel “Ikaw Lamang” in 2014.

Julia shrugged off the question. “Ang selfish ko naman,” she said.

Does she think Coco is perfect boyfriend material? 

“Maano siya, maalagang tao, mabait, mapagmahal. So, kung as a boyfriend, yes.” she said.

Julia and Coco live in one subdivision somewhere in Quezon City. 

“Hindi naman tawid-tawiran lang, ilang streets din. Kapitbahay. Kasi nung time na naghahanap ako ng property, katrabaho ko siya that time," Julia explained. 

“Nagtatanong ako kung saan ang mga okay. May mga nakita ako, at tatlo sigurong property nakita ko sa Casa Milan. Tapos sabi niya, okay naman, kasi andun siya,” she said. 

Whenever she had problems it was Coco who gives her a helping hand, Julia admitted. 

“Isa po siya. Wala, kasi close talaga kami, e. Giving kasi siyang tao, e. Talagang parang ang tawag ko sa kanya, mentor. Nung nag-i-start [pa lang ako] sa trabaho, talagang gina-guide niya talaga ako. Tsaka ganun siyang tao, e, hindi lang siya sa akin, sa mga nakakatrabaho niya. Talagang giving siya, e.” she said.

Despite his busy schedules, Julia admitted she remains friends with Coco. 

John Lloyd Cruz to play Juan Luna in a biopic

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Actor John Lloyd Cruz is on the news again.


Not on girlfriend Ellen Adarna and their rumored coming beach wedding in Cebu, but on his coming movie.


This as former actress-turned-talent manager and producer Anna Bautista revealed she is eyeing John Lloyd Cruz to play noted Filipino painter Juan Luna in a biopic. 


Juan Luna is known for his award-winning works like "Spolarium" which are on display at the National Museum. He is the brother of Gen. Antonio Luna.

It was learned from Anna, who produces movies and teleseryes because of her affiliation with Viva Entertainment, the Juan Luna movie is lined up for production this year.

She said she personally chose John Lloyd to play this ambitious project.

“We’re still working on the script kasi historical, e,” she said. “Hindi kami puwedeng magkamali. 

“This is something na may appeal sa international market. I just don’t wanna concentrate sa Filipino market kasi mas global na dapat ang isipin mo,” she added. 

Since October 6, 2017, John Lloyd took an indefinite leave with ABS-CBN, his mother studio, due to personal matters. 

Campaign vs graft and corruption

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte again has fired another top official of government, this time over excessive travels using public funds. The latest to fall was Chairman Patricia Licuanan of the Commission on Higher Education and Maritime Industry Authority administrator Marcial Amaro III. The Chief Executive said he will continue his firing spree as he reiterated his commitment to cleanse the government of graft and corruption, which he said, is the key to achieving a more inclusive economic development. In the next few weeks, more officials, including generals and policemen, will be axed as he vowed to focus not just on national officials but also on erring local government officials.


And to show his seriousness to his campaign, the President created recently and just this week appointed the officials of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) led by lawyer and Volunteer Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) chairman Dante Lazaro Jimenez as chairman with no anti-corruption activists Rickson Chiong, Greco Antonious Beda Banta Belgica and Gregorio Luis Contacto III as commissioners. The President has assured the public anew that corruption and political oppression would no longer thrive in the country and disrupt the growth of the economy. “I have fired so many government employees… Talagang ‘yung sabi kong ayaw ko ng corruption, ayaw ko ng corruption,” President Duterte stressed.


The  word corruption is derived from the Latin word corrumpere, which can mean to bribe or to destroy. Indeed, corruption destroys society by diverting resources that could help the poor or other sectors of society. We salute President Duterte for his determination to cleanse the government firing even his Cabinet officials and close friends who are his appointees. We wish him success in the campaign as we call on every Filipino to help as the drive cannot succeed without their full support.


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