Airport (DIA), 79 passengers were arrested by the Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) for submitting fake reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results, on April 17.
The arrested passengers must each pay the inquest bail amounting to P46,000.
In a statement, PSSCC chief Angel Sumagaysay reminded passengers to only get swab tested at accredited hospitals and laboratories.
Prior to the arrests, Mayor Sara Duterte informed the public that apart from incurring a criminal offense, presenting a fake RT-PCR would also cost the offender more as a fake RT-PCR result ranges from P1,000 to P2,000.
And if caught, the passenger would be required to get an RT-PCR test at the DIA worth P4,500.
“If you present a fake RT-PCR result at the airport, you will be detained, you will pay a fine or bail out and you will also have to pay for a lawyer. You will pay a total of P46,500,” the mayor said.
City Tourism Operations Office head Gene Rose Tecson said Davao-bound flight passengers get fake RT-PCR test results from various, dubious testing centers.
“They were scammed and most forged test results are from the 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.
Tecson also said there were a few cases wherein flight passengers got their RT-PCR test results from a laboratory in Cubao, Quezon City for P3,800 only to learn that they were fake upon arriving at DIA.
The test-before-travel requirement for all Davao-bound flight passengers is in accordance with City Ordinance 0477-21, Series of 2021, or the ordinance providing for mandatory testing before entry into the city via DIA.
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