Navy vouches for junior officer whose stolen information was used in Pogo operations

Navy vouches for junior officer whose stolen information was used in Pogo operations

By: John Eric Mendoza2 hours ago

The ongoing Senate investigation has revealed that a number of people may have been victims of identity theft after their names appeared among the “founders” of hundreds of Pogo companies. —Photo by Jun A. Malig

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Navy on Wednesday vouched for its junior officer who was the victim of identity theft after being labeled as the “founder” of hundreds of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogo) companies.

Navy Commander John Percie Alcos has backed Lt. Jessa Mendoza, who also has a law degree, after he was labeled the founder of 193 Pogo companies.

“As we learn of the apparent identity theft commission involving the name of Lieutenant Jessa Mendoza – a reputable junior officer of the Philippine Navy – as a director or founder of several companies involved in offshore gaming and other businesses during the ongoing Senate investigation, the Philippine Navy affirms its support to our fellow serviceman in his determination to prove his innocence and clear his name,” Alcos said in a statement.

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“We can attest to Lt. Mendoza’s unblemished record during his decade of honorable service in the Philippine Navy, always upholding the core values ​​and highest standards of being a respectable naval officer,” he continued.

Mendoza appeared before the Senate Committee on Women and Children, which is leading the investigation into Pogos, to clear his name.

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“I affirm the truth of my statements and I emphasize that I am not affiliated with any of the 193 companies that list me as an officer, director or company founder,” she said.

Mendoza also said she received notices from the Bureau of Internal Revenue about violations from companies with “foreign-sounding” names, which she initially ignored.

However, Mendoza received a subpoena from the Makati City Prosecutor’s Office asking her to submit a counter-affidavit regarding violations by a certain company that forced her to shell out over PHP 100,000 to avoid jail time.

Alcos said the Navy conducted a formal internal investigation to shed light on how the identity theft occurred.

He also reminded the public “to take serious security precautions to prevent identity fraud, especially in an increasingly digital world filled with cybercrime.”