Pay us back, complainants vs. La Castellana councilor asks

Bienvinido Berja, father of one of the victims*

Another group of complainants against a La Castellana councilor implicated in the alleged multi-million peso police recruitment scam are appealing to him to return their money.

“We need that money to payback our debts,” Bienvinido Berja told reporters Sunday, October 15.

Berja, a 55-year-old tricycle driver from Barangay Cabagnaan, La Castellana , said his son Kenneth Marvin is among the victims of Councilor Donato “Natnat” Dumaguit who gave the latter more than P247,000 in exchange for a supposed slot in the police service.

He gave Dumaguit P50,000 as the first installment in December last year after their initial talks, Berja said.

Berja said Dumaguit assured him that his son who is a B.S. Criminology graduate has more chances of getting into the police service through his connections.

He said they decided to pawn their small farm and also borrowed from relatives to raise the money required by Dumaguit.

He personally gave the money to Dumaguit, Berja said.

He said he gave an additional P25,000 to Dumaguit for the supposed plane ticket to Manila for his son to take oath.

Now they can no longer find Dumaguit to get their money back, Berja said

A couple who asked not to be named also told reporters they paid P500,000 to Dumaguit as they were both recruited by him.

They borrowed money from a relative with five percent interest as they believed and trusted him.*

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