Lutong Maya? iPhone winner of digital bank’s raffle found to be an employee

Eagle-eyed netizens have called out Maya, the online bank owned by Manny V. Pangilinan, for selecting an employee as the winner of an iPhone 13 Pro Max in a raffle.

The bank announced Tuesday night (October 18) on Facebook that a certain Paolo Areno won the grand prize. A netizen’s quick search of online profiles showed that Areno was a Maya employee.

Maya deleted the original post Wednesday (October 19) and replaced it with another announcement of a new iPhone winner.

Standard raffle protocols dictate that employees and their relatives cannot win raffle prizes from their employer to remove doubts on the integrity of the process. Oops!