THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) were tasked to conduct an investigation into the alleged sale of falsified negative COVID-19 test results.
“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,” Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar, said.
“We will not allow this. The PNP will track down and arrest the persons behind this kind of scam,” he assured.
Reports stated that falsified negative RT-PCR test results, often used as travel requirement, are being sold for at least P1,000 each. The buyer would only have to shell out money to get the negative result without even undergoing an actual swab test.
PGen Eleazar urged the public to immediately report to authorities if they have information on the illegal activity and reminded them not to be victimized by the scam.
“We are asking 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.
“Huwag ninyong sakyan o patulan ang ganitong mga scam dahil pati kayo ay mahaharap sa asunto,” PGen Eleazar pointed out.