FALSE DECLARATIONS – Lying about your credentials can land you in jail

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Making false declarations about your credentials can land you in jail (Credits: www.ncr.dole.gov.ph)

According to popular employment website Jobstreet.com, it is fairly common for job seekers to declare false information in their resumes. People routinely do that through various means – from declaring unearned degrees, to playing fast and loose with dates to cover employment gaps, to making up jobs and titles entirely.

Consequences range from mere embarrassment, to having a job offer withdrawn, or worse, getting fired from your work if the lie was discovered after the applicant has been hired. What’s not widely known is the fact that in the Philippines, job seekers can actually face legal liability for lying about their credentials.

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Making false declarations about your credentials can land you in jail (Credits: www.ncr.dole.gov.ph)

Article 315 of the Revised Penal Code explains that estafa by means of deceit happens when people commit fraud “by using fictitious name, falsely pretending to possess power, influence, qualifications, property, credit, agency, business or imaginary transactions, or by means of other similar deceits.”

For its part, the Supreme Court upheld a conviction in connection to estafa by means of deceit in Franco vs People of the Philippines (G.R. 171328) which was decided in 2011. In that case, the SC ruled that the losing party be imprisoned from four (4) years and two (2) months of prision correccional as minimum to thirteen (13) years of reclusion temporal as maximum.

 

 

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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