Passengers were caught presenting falsified RT-PCR test results at the Davao International Airport (DIA).
A total of 79 passengers were apprehended by the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) upon arrival at the Davao International Airport (DIA) after presenting a false reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results. The apprehensions were as of April 17.
PSSCC chief Angel Sumagaysay reminded the passengers only to get themselves swab tested in accredited hospitals and testing laboratories.
Aside from incurring a criminal offense, presenting a fake RT-PCR result will cost the offender more, Mayor Sara Duterte warned earlier this month.
Fake RT-PCR result ranges from P1,000 to P2,000, and if caught, the passenger will be required to get an RT-PCR test at the DIA worth P4,500. The inquest bail is between P6,000 and P40,000.
“If you present fake RT-PCR result at the airport, you will be detained, you will pay fine or bail out and you have to also pay for a lawyer. You will pay a total of P46,500,” Duterte added.
Dubious testing centers are seen as the origin of where Davao-bound flight passengers get fake RT-PCR test results, City Tourism Operations Office head Gene Rose Tecson said.
“They were scammed and most forged test results are from Red Cross and just recently, from Lord’s Grace (in Pasay). Those without QR (quick response) codes are fakes. There were also falsified test results coming from Cebu, from the University of Cebu Medical Center, and Central Visayas Lab. Even Zamboanga also had fake RT-PCR test results,” she said.
She added, there were also cases where flight passengers received their RT-PCR test results from a laboratory in Cubao, Quezon City, for P3,800, only to find out that it is fake upon arriving at DIA.
“Be wary if the RT-PCR test is cheap. They should be swabbed in legitimate hospitals and medical laboratories. If they are only referred by a taxi driver who tells them of a faster way to get swab results, they should be wary of it,” Tecson said.
Source: Manila Bulletin