Sunday, December 26, 2010

P1.4-M in SSS checks stolen

MANILA, Philippines – Payments to some Social Security System (SSS) members in Metro Manila could be delayed after the agency lost 125 checks to hijackers, the SSS revealed Sunday.
The checks, worth P1.4 million, were lost after armed men hijacked a Philippine Postal Corporation delivery van at the Cainta Post Office in Cainta, Rizal last December 13, SSS president and chief executive officer Emilio de Quiros Jr. said in a press statement.
He added that agency has taken the necessary steps to stop payment of the stolen checks.
"We have identified the stolen checks and we have informed the banks to disregard them," De Quiros said.
"Members in Marikina, Lawton, Cubao, Diliman, Cainta, San Mateo and Antipolo who are expecting to receive checks are advised to check with SSS branches to verify the status of their claims."
The SSS checks were delivered to the Quezon City Post Office on December 6 and 7.
Police said the armed men seized the van at the Cainta Post Office while the driver and courier prepared to board the vehicle to deliver mail.
The SSS checks were payments for salary loans and claims for sickness, maternity benefits, death, disability, and retirement benefits of members.

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