Female police officer in hot water for presenting fake PCR result at Davao airport

Published December 19, 2020, 2:45 PM

by Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – A police officer in Davao Region is facing dismissal from service after presenting falsified reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test result at the Davao International Airport last December 10.

In an information released by the Davao City Information Office on Saturday, P/Lt. Joy Line Cumbao, a forensic officer assigned at the Philippine National Police (PNP) Crime Laboratory-Davao, has been slapped with administrative cases of grave misconduct and dishonesty for using a fake RT-PCR result upon her arrival at the airport.

It added that PNP Crime Laboratory-Davao director P/Brig. Gen. Steve Ludan confirmed that Cumbao did not undergo COVID-19 test before her flight to Davao, and that her RT-PCR test result had been forged.

City Tourism Office head Gene Rose Tecson, who is also Airport Health Monitoring Team head, added that officer tried to reason out by explaining that her virus test result could not be verified at that time as the server in Camp Crame in Quezon City, where she took the test, might have been down.

But no record of such a test was found when the local government verified it with Camp Crame, she added.

“She tried to get out from the situation, saying that the server in Camp Crame where she allegedly got tested was down. Pinapa-access ko sa kanya (We told her to access it). No medical tests were found. When we checked with Crame, no results were found,” Tecson said.

Tecson also warned travelers to get tested with reputable COVID-19 testing laboratories after another passenger from Manila was apprehended at DIA for presenting a falsified virus test result with a QR code, which opened to a different website.

“Please be vigilant. Make sure that the laboratories you get tested from are reputable laboratories that issue legitimate results because we have our ways to verify the authenticity of the documents here at the airport,” Tecson said.

She said 12 travelers have been apprehended by airport authorities since the local government made mandatory a negative RT-PCR test results for air travelers last July this year.

Executive Order 63 released on November 23 requires authorized persons outside residence (APOR) entering the city via air travel to present company/office ID and certificate of employment or acknowledgment of principal for labor/service (for those without employer-employee relationship); medical certificate clearance; company/office travel order; hotels and other similar accommodation establishments confirmation (APOR cannot stay in the houses of Davao City residents), if staying for more than one day; roundtrip ticket; 24 to 72-hour from date of arrival RT-PCR negative test result or test upon arrival.

It added that a mandatory 14-day hotel/home quarantine is required before they report to work if the APOR is staying for more than 14 days or residing permanently in the city. Quarantine expenses shall be paid for by the employer.

It added that returning residents traveling by land, air or sea, including locally stranded individuals, overseas Filipinos, and overseas Filipino workers, must present 24 to 72-hour from date of arrival negative RT-PCR test result or testing upon arrival, and must undergo 14-day home quarantine.