Sun. Sep 19th, 2021

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it has intensified its crackdown against persons engaged in producing fake RT-PCR or reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction swab test results and medical certificates related to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

“As a law enforcement agency, we will comply with the instruction of the DILG [Department of the Interior and Local Government] Officer-In-Charge and Undersecretary Bernardo Florece Jr., to enforce the law, specifically those who violate RA (Republic Act) 11332 and other related laws,” PNP Spokesperson Brig. Gen. Ildebrandi Usana said.

Those responsible for this act would face fines ranging from P20,000 to P50,000 and up to six months imprisonment under RA 11332 or the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act.

Section 1-B under prohibited acts of RA 11332 said, “tampering of records relating to notifiable diseases or health events of public health concern, which includes official medical test results or medical certificates, or such other documents and records issued by public health authorities” is punishable by law.

“[It can be] either the offenders are caught ‘in flagrante’ [in the act] through covert police operations or the witnesses will report to us individuals engaged in falsification of public documents or faking electronically generated results of RT-PCR,” Usana said.

Florece said the PNP must be vigilant in guarding entry points of tourists and travelers to ensure their compliance with health standards set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases and the local government unit.

It was earlier reported that six Metro Manila residents were barred from entering Boracay Island after presenting fake RT-PCR test certifications. Three of them tested positive for Covid-19.

Florece said the reopening of tourism sites is not an excuse for tourists to submit fake Covid-19 test results. SOVEREIGNPH

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