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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, August 23, 2011
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‘WWF authorized
fund raisers’

The WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) Philippines said the two persons reported by the police to have been detained for being “fake solicitors” were its duly authorized fundraisers.  

A letter to the DAILY STAR from Jose Ma. Lorenzo Tan, chief executive officer/vice chairman, Board of Trustees, of WWF Philippines, said the report released online by the Visayan DAILY STAR on its August 20, “made a number of false or misleading statements about WWF and its fundraisers.”

It said the report that the two persons detained by Dumaguete police last week were fake WWF solicitors;   claimed that the two individuals were busted, and charged; and insinuated that these persons were involved in a swindle attempting to charge a P67,000 donation to the complainant, are all “false.”

The materials and identification they had on hand, contained all the information and contact details for Dumaguete police to easily confirm their identities, Tan said. 

The WWF did not receive any money, and could not have even attempted to make a billing against the credit card of complainant, a physician.  

The donation commitment had not been processed or even encoded yet.  

To protect our donors, this takes up to 10 days, and requires the bank to obtain direct clearance from the cardholder. If there was any attempt to fraudulently charge P87,000 against the complainant's card, it was certainly not from WWF.

WWF could not have been the intended recipient, the letter further read.

That the WWF fundraisers were busted or charged with swindling Dr. Marilou Sy, is false, the organization, because in truth, no charges were filed.  

WWF was singled out by the complainant, and maligned without basis.  Its legal counsel has informed us clearly that no charges were ever filed against the field representatives, the complainant did not present evidence, and has made no effort to communicate with us or our legal counsel.

The fundraisers were falsely accused. They were illegally arrested, detained and put behind bars by Dumaguete police, on the strength of an unfounded and unsubstantiated complaint, the WWF added.*



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