Davao City gov’t uncovers group behind fake quarantine passes

Published April 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Armando Fenequito Jr.

DAVAO CITY — The city government here has already tracked down the group behind the production of fake food and medicine (FM) pass that were being sold at P50 each.

Mayor Sara Duterte (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN)
Mayor Sara Duterte (Facebook / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Mayor Sara Z. Duterte bared, in an interview aired over the city government-owned radio station on Monday, the perpetrators of the production of fake FM pass cards belonged to an establishment in the city, but did not reveal its business nature.

Duterte said the establishment was closed at the moment due to the implementation of the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) crisis.

“But, we already have the names naghulat lang ta kanus-a sila mangabri (we are just waiting of their opening after the ECQ),” she said.

The mayor has already ordered the arrest of people selling of fake FM pass card after receiving reports of this new modus of people taking advantage of the current situation.

She said she immediately told the law enforcers and the City Anti-Scam Unit to conduct entrapment operations against the people behind this illegal activity.

Duterte said it was easy to determine a legitimate FM pass from fake FM. The fake FMs were mere photocopies of the original, printed on ordinary paper. The original FM is printed on thicker material.

The FM pass is required for a member of the household to allowed that person to buy food and medicine during the off-curfew hours from 6:01 a.m to 5:59 p.m under the ECQ.