6 local tourists arrested over fake RT-PCR test

6 local tourists arrested over fake RT-PCR test

BORACAY ISLAND—Six local tourists were arrested here after being accused of falsifying public documents.

Unnamed by the police, the arrested individuals will be charged with violation of Falsification of Documents and RA 11332, an Act providing policies and prescribing procedures on surveillance and response to notifiable diseases, epidemics and health events of public health concern.

This was announced by Police Col Esmeraldo Osia, Jr., provincial director of Aklan PNP, who, accordingly, effected the arrest in collaboration with the Municipal Health Office of Malay, Don Ciriaco Tirol Hospital based in Boracay and the Malay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

The arrested tourists have been transported to the Provincial Covid-19 facility at the Aklan Training Center in the province’s capital and are placed under quarantine for 14 days while proper charges are being readied against them,

Police Staff Sergeant Ma. Jane C. Vega said that during the investigation, it was found out that one of them carried an authentic document of being negative of coronavirus infection, which the other five used to falsify to show they too are negative of the virus.

Vega said the falsification was confirmed by Safeguard DNA Diagnostic Center based in Mandaluyong City.

Osia reminded the tourists intending to go to Boracay “not to challenge the Philippine National Police, particularly our forces here in Aklan, so as the government, for at the end of the day you’ll regret it,”

“We are taking the risks in opening the island, yet the Inter-Agency Task Force assured that we must stick to the standard health protocol needed in order to maintain the security safety of Aklan Tourism,” he further said.

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