By J. Jala | 08:22 PM October 11, 2021
Gov. Arthur Yap on Monday faced the victims of the “ripa” scam who flooded the Bohol Wisdom School gymnasium who were seeking help from the provincial government.
Yap thru the provincial legal office (PLO) has offered free legal assistance to 965 victims.
There were 150 affidavits filed by buyers and resellers.
There were 55 administrators identified.
The victims claimed P330 million of claims declared.
Yap issued EO 49 setting up a task force investigating the widespread fraud that took place here in Bohol that victimized hundreds of investors.
The task force is also tasked with assisting the victims to file a formal complaint to the court against the people who are the masterminds of the scam.
The task force is comprised of officials from National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) , Criminal and Intelligence Detection Group (CIDG) and provincial Capitol Legal Office.
Yap said they will prioritize action to salvage or save money from investors or buyers who get caught and follow up on prosecuting masterminds or those who support such fraudulent methods.
Yap said victims from towns can go to the police stations to file complaints.
“I understand that many can’t go to the Bohol Wisdom Gym because it’s still inconvenient to travel, so we’re really looking for a way to take care of everyone. Currently, the Bohol Wisdom Gym is also full of people who want to file a lawsuit,” he said.
The Bohol Wisdom Gym will still remain open for a week to receive people who would like to avail of our free legal assistance.