Roxas: 12,000 soldiers and cops victimized by Celso de los Angeles' Legacy

More than 12,000 uniformed personnel are among the victims of the dubious pre-need plans of controversial businessman Celso de los Angeles' Legacy group of companies, Liberal President Senator Mar Roxas yesterday revealed as he announced the resumption on Monday morning of the Senate inquiry in the status of the pre-need industry.

Roxas, chairman of the Senate committee trade and commerce, said the total pre-need payments made by soldiers and police officers through mandatory salary deduction amounted to P317,556,356.
"Kawawa naman ang ating mga sundalo at kapulisan. Pati sila ay hindi pinatawad nitong ganid na si Celso de los Angeles (I pity our soldiers and police officers. This greedy Celso de los Angeles did not even spare them)," he said.

"Tutulungan ko silang mabawi ang mga perang ibinayad nila sa Legacy para sana sa edukasyon ng kanilang mga anak at sa kanilang mga retirement. Kasama nila ako sa labang ito (I will help them get their monies back, monies intended for the education of their children and for their retirement. I am with them in this fight)," he added.
Roxas said data submitted by the Armed Forces and Police Savings and Loan Association Inc. (AFPSLAI) showed that 12,047 soldiers and police officers paid monthly premiums for their Scholarship Plan Philippines Inc (SPPI) policies through AFPSLAI.

It seems that AFPSLAI secured education pre-need plans for its members through the Legacy Group and collected payment through salary deduction.

AFPSLAI Executive Vice President and General Manager Lt. Gen. (ret.) Christie B. Datu, in a letter-response to Roxas, said their office has yet to finish segregating how many of the total affected personnel came from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and how many from the Philippine National Police.
"Rest assured that we will assist our affected members in filing their claims with the SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission)," Datu said.
Detained Col. Ariel Querubin had written the Visayan senator and informed him that thousands of soldiers had bought SPPI claims through monthly payments made through AFPSLAI. Querubin bought his SPPI plan when he was assigned to the Sofronio Espanola camp in Southern Palawan in 1999.

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