Printing shop caught making fake COVID-19 certificate in Caloocan ordered closed

The local government of Caloocan City has ordered the closure of a printing shop operating in the city caught producing fake coronavirus disease (COVID-19) certificate.

(Caloocan PIO)

Mayor Oca Malapitan on Friday tasked the city’s Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) to serve the closure order to TJ Printing Shop in Barangay 177, where two suspects were also already arrested by police.

This came after the Quezon City Police District launched an entrapment operation against the shop after a lady physician, whose name was used in the certificate, found the suspects’ illegal activity via Facebook and sought police assistance.

Malapitan said that the local government will cooperate in the investigation.

He also warned his constituents who are doing the same activity that they will face the same fate should they be caught.

“We are in a pandemic where everybody should be cooperating. For the sake of everyone’s sake and safety, I hope that we would not resort to this kind of activity,” Malapitan said in Filipino in a statement as he urged the public to report anyone engaged in the same activity.