MANILA, Philippines – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief General Guillermo Eleazar on Thursday said he has ordered an investigation into the alleged sale of falsified negative COVID-19 test results.
In a statement, Eleazar said the probe will be conducted by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG).
“Inatasan natin ang CIDG at ACG na tingnan ang bagay na ito. Hindi talaga nauubusan ng modus ang mga tuso at oportunista para pagkakitaan ang pandemya,” he said.
“We will not allow this. The PNP will track down and arrest the persons behind this kind of scam,” he added.
The investigation will be conducted following reports that fake negative RT-PCR test results, often used as travel requirement, are being sold for at least P1,000 each.
Reports said that the buyer would only have to shell out money to get the negative result without even undergoing an actual swab test.
Eleazar urged the public not to patronize this scheme and to immediately report to authorities if they have information on such illegal activity.
“We are asking for the public’s cooperation so that we can quickly arrest the culprits and shut down this activity which is not only illegal but poses a danger to public health as it would set back our efforts in curbing the spread of COVID-19,” the PNP Chief said.
“Kung kayo ay nabiktima na ng ganitong modus o may nanghikayat sa inyo na kumuha ng falsified negative RT-PCR result ay ipagbigay alam ninyo agad sa mga otoridad,” he added.
Individuals engaging in this scheme will face appropriate actions, he warned.
“Huwag ninyong sakyan o patulan ang ganitong mga scam dahil pati kayo ay mahaharap sa asunto,” Eleazar said.