CALVIN Abueva's longtime patron has urged action against a 'scammer' who is using fake accounts he created of the Alaska and Gilas Pilipinas star to victimize followers.
Pampanga vice-governor Dennis 'Delta' Pineda bared that he has reached out to authorities to go after the individual behind the bogus Twitter and Instagram accounts which have already preyed on a number of the Alaska and Gilas Pilipinas star’s fans.
“Mensahe ko sa ’yo, itigil mo na yan, kasi malalaman rin ang katotohanan,” Pineda said sternly, referring to the scammer.
“Yung bata na yan, hindi nagbebenta ng produkto yan. Focus sa trabaho nya 'yan,” he added.
The soft-spoken son of Pampanga governor Lilia Pineda also encouraged fans to stop following the @8AbuevaCalvin accounts on Twitter and Instagram.
According to complaints reaching SPIN.ph, the fake accounts lure Abueva fans into buying Gilas and Alaska jerseys of the player, after which he will block the unsuspecting victims once the payment for the orders has been remitted.
The individual is also blocking media personalities and users who question the veracity of the account.
The fake accounts were still active at posting time.
“P1,200 rin po ang scam sa akin nyan. Matagal na 'yun, di ko nga alam bakit hanggang ngayon marami pa rin siyang naloloko,” said Elvin Paul Galang, an active Twitter user.
The fake Abueva account easily attracts followers as he is regularly posting stolen pictures of the cager in practice and at home. Currently, he has 27.7 thousand followers on Twitter alone.
Abueva’s wife, Sam, has been regularly informing netizens about the fake account, but still the perpetrator remains active and has even misled some online media organizations who continue to quote his tweets as if these were from the Alaska star forward.
Pineda, who maintains a basketball program in Pampanga that has launched the careers of Arwind Santos, Ian Sangalang, and Abueva, among others, said he is now coordinating with government authorities to track down the individual's whereabouts.
“Kung ako sa’yo, itigil mo na ‘yan. Kasi malalaman at malalaman, baka mismong mga kasama mo, sila pa ang magsabi kung sino ka,” said Pineda.
“Pagtulong-tulungan natin para makita natin kung sino itong tao na 'to. Better siguro magbigay tayo ng pabuya para makita natin kung sino itong tao na ‘to,” he added.
Pineda, meanwhile, expressed his joy on Abueva's return to the national team roster. He was very vocal about his disappointment after then-Gilas coach Tab Baldwin made Abueva among the final cuts ahead of the Fiba Olympic Qualifying Tournament last year.
“Masaya ako at nabigyan uit ng pagkakataon yung bata na makapaglaro sa Gilas. Si Calvin naman ibibigay nya lahat yan. Buong puso, makikita mo kay Calvin,” he said.
“Nagulat ako na binigyan siya ng second chance ulit. Malaking bagay nga 'yun kaya nagpapasalamat ako kay coach Chot (Reyes) at sa Gilas dahil binigyan ng pagkakataon 'yung bata,” added Pineda.
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