The Office of the Vice President returned P100,000 worth of groceries after falling victim to prank order scams.
On Nov. 22, VP spokesperson Barry Gutierrez shared that someone used the name of VP Leni Robredo to make multiple orders of groceries amounting to P100,000 on online delivery service MetroMart.
The spokesman posted a screenshot of an order, which was supposedly placed under Robredo's name. It was addressed to her office in New Manila, Quezon City and was tagged with a cash on delivery payment method.
May nagpanggap na si VP Leni at nag multiple orders ng abot P100K+ sa Metromart. Pinadeliver sa OVP na COD. Hindi na inisip ang mga delivery rider na hinassle at inaksaya ang oras. Ganito na ba talaga sila katakot sa atin? Dedma sa ganitong kacheapan. Laban lang! #LabanLeni2022 pic.twitter.com/xONNwi2TfZ— Barry Gutierrez (@barrygutierrez3) November 22, 2021
"May nagpanggap na si VP Leni at nag multiple orders ng abot P100K+ sa Metromart. Pinadeliver sa OVP na COD," read Gutierrez's post.
He also condemned the pranksters saying, "Hindi na inisip ang mga delivery rider na hinassle at inaksaya ang oras. Ganito na ba talaga sila katakot sa atin?"
MetroMart has responded to the situation and said that they "heightened scam preventive measures to ensure it will not happen again."
Update: The orders/items have been successfully returned to the stores (note: riders and personal shoppers for these orders were not penalized at all). We are working with VP Leni's team for any help on this matter.— Metromart (@MetroMartPH) November 22, 2021
Gutierrez said that the orders have been canceled and the items will be returned.
"We specifically insisted that nothing be charged to the delivery riders. We are super thankful to them for their assistance and cooperation,” he said.
The spokesman added that they are investigating the scam further and consulting with lawyers on the matter.
"We were able to get the number used to book the deliveries, and are investigating further. There has been some initial consultation with our lawyers, but specific options will be discussed once we get more information on who may be responsible,” Gutierrez said.
He also said that Robredo "gave the riders something to compensate them for the two hours they lost because of the scam."
In July, Manila Mayor and presidential aspirant Isko Moreno also fell victim to a delivery scam wherein prankers ordered P5,000 worth of food to his office.