PRO BAR warns the public against Counterfeit Php 500 and Php 1000 bills after Upi Municipal Police Station led by Police Major Dareen Perez Tolosa arrested one (1) suspect and seize of Php 7,000 worth of counterfeit money in a Public Market located at Nuro, Upi, Maguindanao on February 26, 2022.
Upi MPS identified the suspect as Momena Datuwata Plang, female, jobless with addresses of Barangay Pagatin, Datu Salibo and Talayan, Maguindanao. Two (2) suspects were able to elude arrest identified as alias “Baikong or Bainot”, female, a resident of Talayan, Maguindanao and alias “John”, male, driver, a resident of Awang, Maguindanao.
Accordingly, the arrested suspect acted as a customer to buy goods and utensils using counterfeit Php 500 and Php 1000 bills, asking street and stall vendors for change, and immediately giving the change and items over to her two (2) cohorts. After one vendor discovered the suspect's multiple transactions to nearby stalls using counterfeit money, the nine (9) affected vendors promptly reported to the police which resulted in her arrest.
Recovered pieces of evidence were three (3) pieces one thousand (Php. 1,000.00) peso bill with serial no. M326271, FS233959, RD736791 and eight ( pieces five hundred (Php. 500.00) peso bill with serial no. NP584961, BT827932, AL648991 PN584981, TL615503, AL648991, BT827932, QJ585107. Said bills are now subjected for confirmation to Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas Fake Peso Bill.
A case for violation of Article 168 of the Revised Penal Code or the illegal possession and use of false treasury or banknotes and other instruments of credit is being readied for filling against the suspects.
In addition, to confirm the bills' authenticity, the public is encouraged to apply the Feel-Look-Tilt method to check the security features of the New Generation Currency (NGC) banknotes, as advised by the Bangko Sentral Ng Pilipinas (BSP).
PBGEN ARTHUR R. CABALONA, Regional Director, PRO BAR, applauds the police officers for responding quickly to community complaints. Further, the Regional Director encourages the community to double check and be more vigilant against counterfeit or fake bills circulating in the Bangsamoro region, and report immediately to authorities for appropriate action.