Tue. Apr 13th, 2021

Nine individuals were arrested by the Manila Police District (MPD) on Sunday after presenting fake documents to be eligible for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) vaccines.

(photo courtesy: http://www.pna.gov.ph)

An MPD spot report released by the Manila Public Information Office (MPIO) to the media on Sunday night stated the suspects presented fake medical certificates at the Sergio Osmeña High School vaccination site in Gagalangin, Tondo.

Six Chinese nationals and three Filipinos, two of them aged 19, allegedly showed fake medical certificates, the spot report read.

Four of the Chinese were aged 34, 43, 48, and 49 while the other two had no information.

The three Filipinos, all female, are from Quezon City.

The vaccination rollout at the Sergio Osmeña High School on Sunday was for the A3 priority group, or those aged 18 to 59 with comorbidities, like chronic respiratory disease, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, cerebrovascular conditions, malignancy, diabetes, obesity, neurologic disease, chronic liver disease, tuberculosis, chronic respiratory tract infection, and immunodeficiency state.

They need to present either one of medical certificates (dated within 18 months), prescription of maintenance medicines (for six months), hospital records such as discharge summary or medical abstract, or surgical and pathology records.

The arrested individuals were brought to the Raxabago, Tondo Police Station 1.

However, information from the MPD Public Information Office showed the arrested persons were also released.

“The suspects were released pending verification of documents that were allegedly fake,” the MPD said a Viber message.As of this posting, the MPD has yet to release full details of the case. SOVEREIGNPH

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