POLICE are looking for three men who paid P100 each to three women and a boy while being filmed and pretending to be selling flags of China in front of the Rizal monument on Sunday.
National Parks Development Committee executive director Penelope Belmonte yesterday said the pictures of the male suspects were already sent to the Manila Police District (MPD) after their faces were captured by the CCTV in the park.
She said as soon as information reached her office, the three women vendors and the boy hired for the filming were invited for questioning.
The women said they were given P100 each by the three male suspects. The male suspects told them they will take video footages which will be used for the project of their children in school.
The women added there was a script and under the script, two of them and the boy will act as sellers of China flags in front of the Rizal monument while the third woman will act as a buyer.
After the quick video was taken, the men took back all the flags and then left.
“We deplore this incident as an attempt to undermine efforts being done by the national government and the NPDC, as we are in the thick of preparations for the coming Independence Day celebration tomorrow, June 12,” Belmonte said.
She also said the incident was an evil scheme in that those who orchestrated it quickly posted the video on social media.
“Dun sa tatlong me pakana nito, mahiya kayo. Isasakripisyo n’yo pang makulong ang mga binayaran ninyo ng tig-P100. Papanagutin namin kayo,” Belmonte said, as she appealed to the public to help them identify the male suspects.
Meanwhile, Philippine National Police chief Director General Oscar D. Albayalde yesterday ordered the Manila Police District to investigate this incident at the Rizal Park ahead of the country’s Independence Day celebration tomorrow.
“I will direct the Manila Police District director there kung ano talaga yun. Baka mamaya lokohan lang ‘yan o gusto magpasikat o para ma-media. We’ll look into it kung ano talaga purpose noon,” the PNP chief told newsmen at Camp Crame. With Alfred Dalizon