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A top official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) denied that he knew the female model who shared a calling card, purportedly from him, that she allegedly used to evade a coding violation.
Police Chief Supt. Alexander Ignacio made the denial in a statement released to media on Tuesday night as the issue caused a firestorm over social media.
"First of all, I categorically DENY that I personally know Alyzza Agustin, who claimed that she used my business card to avoid getting a traffic citation," he said.
Ignacio also noted inaccuracies in the card that showed up online, saying it had the wrong rank.
"I am a Chief Superintendent (1 star rank) and not a Director (2 stars)," he said.
Photos of the business card in question showed a handwritten note that read: "Pls assist my EA, Alyzza Agustin."
To this, Ignacio answered: "She is not my Executive Assistant and there is no such position in my office."
Ignacio also said that he will not tolerate the use of his business card for unlawful purposes.
"I do give my business card to those who request it. But it goes with the implied condition that it will not be used to violate laws, to shorten prescribed procedures and for illegal gain,” he said.
Earlier, Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesperson Wilben Mayor declined to comment on the issue involving Ignacio.
The issue surfaced after Agustin, a model who appeared in FHM Philippines' 100 Sexiest Women issue last year, posted photos of the calling card online.
In the post, Agustin captioned the photos: “Nahuli na naman ako dahil coding but because of you Boss Alex wala ng huli huli. Thank you so much sa napaka useful mong card with matching dedication pa #happykid"
She later deleted her post, but netizens were able to share screenshots. — Amanda Fernandez and Andrei Medina/JST, GMA News