Any Manileño worth his salt knows that you can get any kind of document or “official” ID in certain neighborhoods. For the right amount of money—not a lot—you can get procure a diploma from your school of choice, or even get a framed copy of your Nobel Peace Prize.
So it’s no surprise that a September 3 raid in Quiapo turned up counterfeit versions of this season’s hottest tickets: RT-PCR test results and vaccination cards.
Two suspects were arrested by operatives from the Manila Police District after investigators were tipped off about a shop in Quiapo that sold those fake Covid-19 documents. Police also found computers and templates used to churn out the counterfeit swab test results, purportedly from San Lazaro Hospital, and Pasay City vaccination cards.
Also found during the raid were tools used to fake university and government agency documents. The raiding team also alleged that the suspects were involved in manufacturing fake birth certificates and marriage contracts.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said in a press release Tuesday, September 7, that the police will continue to crack down not just on counterfeiters and sellers, but also on those who buy and use these fake documents.
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