Police probe sale of falsified Covid-19 swab test results

GEN. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) to investigate the alleged sale of falsified results of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) tests.

“Inatasan natin ang CIDG at ACG na tingnan ang bagay na ito. Hindi talaga nauubusan ng modus ang mga tuso at oportunista para pagkakitaan ang pandemya (We have ordered the CIDG and ACG to look into this matter. Cunning [individuals] and opportunists never run out of modus operandi to monetize the pandemic),” Eleazar said in a statement on Thursday.

“We will not allow this. The PNP will track down and arrest the persons behind this kind of scam,” he said.

Eleazar’s order came after reports surfaced that falsified negative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) test results, often used as travel requirement, were being sold for at least P1,000 each.

He urged the public to immediately report to authorities if they have information on the illegal operations.

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