January 31, 2023

Six persons who presented fake RT-PCR test results when they attempted to enter Baguio City are still in detention, waiting to be bailed out by the manpower agency handling their foreign employment.
Col. Glenn Lonogan, Baguio City Police Office director, said they have no choice but “file the criminal cases because they violated the law.”
The individuals presented fake RT-PCR test results during validation at the central triage located at the Baguio Convention Center compound when they arrived last Aug. 7.
They came to the city for assessment at the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (Tesda) that will issue them a national certification, which is required before their departure for foreign employment.
“They came here because they need the assessment, which they cannot get in Metro Manila that was then under strict community quarantine,” Lonogan said.
Baguio at the time was implementing a strict protocol, allowing only authorized persons outside residence with official documents and requiring a negative RT-PCR test result for travelers entering the city.
Lonogan said the BCPO was told the six will be bailed out by the manpower agency as their foreign employment visas are already expiring and they already have schedules to fly for foreign employment. The bail is P34,000 each.
From Aug. 1 to 25, the BCPO has filed charges against 14 individuals for falsification of public document under the Revised Penal Code.
Lonogan said six laborers from Cavite who were sent to the city by their company on Aug. 19 were also charged for the same violation. Their companies bailed them out.
On Aug. 21, a mother and child were also found to have presented fake RT-PCR test results at the triage.
“Their document was obviously altered because the font used in writing their names was different from the whole document,” he said.
The BCPO had also refused entry to 377 individuals who did not have the necessary documentation to enter Baguio. – PNA