Bongbong Marcos warns of 'gold bar scam' as thousands flock to UPLB

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 24) — Former Senator Bongbong Marcos on Saturday warned the public against scams that involved large amounts of money being given away.

"It's a scam pure and simple. I have repeatedly warned the public against unscrupulous individuals who have been using our family to advance their personal interests," Marcos said in a statement.

This follows reports that thousands of people flocked the open grounds of University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) in Laguna after being promised to be given gold bars from the Marcoses' wealth.

The former senator denied their involvement in the assembly.

UPLB Office of the Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs (OVCCA), in a statement, said the administration approved the letter of Jeffrey Fortuna, the National Inspectorate of One Social Family Credit Cooperative, to hold a general assembly meeting at the field inside the campus.

"Chancellor approved in the past many sectoral groups. In the past such as the Lumads, peasants, boy scouts, sports events, plus others from communities to use UPLB grounds as community sharing," Vice Chancellor for Community Affairs Jamias said.

The OVCCA had also released an advisory for motorists as four events held simultaneously at UPLB led to heavy traffic.

 

Meanwhile, some netizens, particularly the UPLB community, reacted negatively to the event.