BORACAY, Malay–An alarming number of falsified negative RT-PCR tests brought the attention of the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) to request the Department of Justice (DOJ) to help investigate and eventually stop the falsifying of these documents.
Secretary of Justice Menardo Guevarra issued Department Order No.88, giving the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) the authority to conduct a case build-up regarding falsifying RT-PCR test results entering the island of Boracay.
In an interview with Jonathan Cabrera in his morning radio show Todo Latigo, the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force General Manager, Natividad Bernardino said there were hundreds, maybe more, recorded with falsified negative RT-PCR test results.
She added that Governor Miraflores initially requested the Department of Justice to help them in this case. Secretary of Justice Guevarra responded to the request, and the BIATF expressed their gratitude for their actions.
The General Manager said that "Aklan has no way of finding out fake RT-PCR test results" before the tourists' verification upon entering the island, as the Provincial government intercepted more than 100 travelers to have invalid negative RT-PCR test. The lack of a bar code on some of the documents making it harder to verify if the test is considered valid or invalid.
Most of the time, travelers having caught with a fake RT-PCR test have no clue that the test they took was false. She added that there are groups of people not included in the list of the DOH's accredited laboratories conducting a house-to-house swab test.
Bernardino noted that a deeper investigation by the NBI is essential for those syndicates conducting the fake RT-PCR test, as they mislead hundreds of travelers entering the island.
The investigation will surely help Boracay's tourism once travel restrictions have eased as the island is preparing for the NCR Plus Regions to shift to a less strict community quarantine.
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