Tesda chief seeks NBI aid to probe bogus Facebook account

By Edd K. Usman

The head of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) has sought the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to probe a bogus Facebook account going by the name “Gene Mamondiong”.

The fake "Gene Mamondiong" account in Facebook

The fake “Gene Mamondiong” account in Facebook

Tesda director-general Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong said he wants the NBO to dig up and uncover the person or persons behind the fraudulent account that is capitalizing on his name and disseminating misleading information about the agency.

He warned the public to beware of being taken for a ride by the bogus “Gene Mamondiong” account.

“I would like to inform and warn the public about a bogus Facebook account under my name ‘Gene Mamondiong’ which had recently surfaced in the social media world. The bogus Facebook account likewise uses my profile picture and proliferate untruthful news, banners and headlines, thereby creating false impression that they are mine,” Mamondiong said.

He said the said Facebook account does not belong to him.

“I categorically state that said fake Facebook account is not mine and while I do have my own legitimate Facebook account under the name ‘Guiling Gene Mamondiong,’ the same is rather inactive and no official message have been posted thereon,” he emphasized.

He said the public should not transact with the bogus account as he pointed out that his agency does not negotiate with anybody on social media.

“I had already coordinated with the NBI for the conduct of an in-depth investigation and cyber-forensic examination to determine the true identity of the culprit behind the creation of the subject bogus Facebook account. Hopefully, the perpetrator shall be exposed the soonest time possible and with much hope, to bring the same behind the bars of law and justice,” Mamondiong said.

Mamondiong, who is a lawyer, was one of the founders of the United Muslim Democrats Party (UMDP) in early 1990s.

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