PNP warns public vs fake COVID swab test result, vows to continue operation

Published October 23, 2021, 3:41 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

As a large number of people either begin to go to their hometowns or prepare for a post-Undas (All Saint’s and All Soul’s Days) visit to their departed loved ones, the Philippine National Police (PNP) warned the public against people who have been providing or selling fake swab test results.

Either Antigen or RT-PCR (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction) result is a major requirement for travel in the provinces.

PNP chief Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar reminded the public not to fall for the modus operandi of some groups that sell swab test results with no actual RT-PCR test or fake COVID-19 test results following the arrest of three people in Quezon City.

Their victims paid P16,000 for RT-PCR test but it turned out the documents are fake. The test results had the logo of the Philippine Red Cross.

“This is a serious offense especially that we are still under pandemic. That is why even before, we have been focusing on this modus,” said Eleazar.

“I commend our personnel in the Quezon City Police District for their quick action on the complaint regarding the fake RT-PCR results being sold to our kababayan. Our operations will continue and we have already arrested a number of people for this modus,” he added.

Eleazar urged the public to report to authorities. He added that people should not avail of fake swab test result as they would be included in the charge sheet.