The Philippine National Police (PNP) said it already identified at least one person involved in the vaccine/vaccination slots sale.
In a statement, PNP Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar said they already identified one person who offered his high school friend two brands of vaccine priced between P12,000 to P15,000 through a social media messaging app.
The same person claimed he has contacts in the cities of San Juan and Mandaluyong that is why he could easily get vaccines and even guarantee slots for the vaccination. The same person also presented deposit slips as proof of his previous “transactions.”
This development came after PGen. Eleazar issued a directive last May 22, 2021 based on the order of Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año to the police directors, the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to immediately conduct an investigation to identify those behind the reported sale of vaccine and vaccination slots in the government’s COVID-19 vaccination program.
“Our CIDG and ACG investigators are now zeroing in on this person, although he has already deactivated all his social media accounts, and we assure the public that he will face the full force of the law for this kind of illegal activity,” PGen. Eleazar said.
Meanwhile, PGen. Eleazar appealed to Filipinos to report to the PNP through the E-sumbong any illegal transactions relating to the sale of vaccines and vaccination slots in their respective areas and likewise assured the public of the PNP’s quick response.
“We would like to reiterate that the COVID-19 vaccination is free and any attempt to engage in selling the vaccines or vaccination slots, or be beneficiaries of these illegal activities, will only put you in trouble.”
“Let us work together to put a stop to these criminal practices which are plainly and simply evil and despicable, especially in this time of pandemic,” PGen. Eleazar added.