The police has warned those crossing the borders of Ilocos Norte to present only authentic documents or face charges.
Capt. Joseph Tayaban, police chief of Badoc town, reported on Tuesday that five individuals from Abra, Tarlac, Bulacan, and Misamis Oriental were apprehended at the South Badoc border on Monday for allegedly falsifying the result of their coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) antigen test.
Tayaban said the suspects who were onboard two delivery trucks were supposed to deliver alcohol supply in San Nicolas and construction supplies in Currimao town.
Tayaban said authorities took notice of the fake documents presented at the border for lack of stamp, dry seal and that the signatures in their documents were scanned.
“When we counter checked, their names were not on the list of those who underwent antigen test,” he said.
The police are now preparing charges against the suspects for violations of Article 172 (Falsification by Private Individuals and Use of Falsified Documents) of the Revised Penal Code.
The suspects also violated Section 9 of the Mandatory Reporting of Notifiable Diseases and Health Events of Public Health Concern Act. The section prohibits tampering of records or intentionally providing misinformation.
In November alone, a total of 21 individuals were apprehended at the provincial border for presenting falsified documents.
Source: Philippines News agency