PRO BAR authorities arrested two (2) individuals who tried to use fake vaccination cards while filing for NAPOLCOM Examination in Barangay Bangkal, Patikul, Sulu on November 18, 2021.
Report from Patikul MPS disclosed that suspects, whose identities were withheld pending further investigation, were both college graduates, ages 21 and 23, a male and female, and both residents of Sulu Province.
During the filing for NAPOLCOM Examination, suspects were able to present vaccination card to the personnel of IPHO and Sulu Provincial Government manning the screening at Sulu Provincial Gymnasium in the aforementioned place. Upon verification, the presented vaccination cards were found to be FAKE and the names of the suspects were NOWHERE to be found on the official list of vaccinated persons.
The two suspects were turned –over to the police authorities who were providing security in the said area and subsequently brought to Patikul Municipal Police Station for proper disposition and filing of Falsification of Public Documents.
Police Brigadier General Eden T Ugale, Regional Director, PRO BAR issued warning against those individuals printing and presenting fraudulent medical certificates including COVID-19 Test Results and COVID-19 Vaccination Cards.
“Nagbibigay po tayo ng babala doon sa mga gumagamit at namemeke ng medical certificates kabilang na dito ang COVID-19 test results at vaccinaton cards, yan po ay Falsification of Public Document at isang krimen na may kaakibat na kaparusahang pagkabilanggo.”, PBGen Ugale said.
Under the Revised Penal Code, a public officer, employee or notary found guilty of falsifying a public document may serve time in prison for up to 12 years. Meanwhile, any private individual found to have committed the act may be jailed for up to six years.